Category Archives: World Outreach

World Outreach seeks Associate Director

 

World Outreach LogoEPC’s World Outreach is seeking an Associate Director to serve at the Office of the General Assembly in Livonia, Mich. The growing World Outreach ministry currently supports 139 global workers (and their families) in 25 countries around the world. The 2013 budget for this ministry exceeded $3.3 million.

The ideal applicant would be an elder in an EPC church, in full agreement with the EPC Essentials of Faith, and whose daily life gives abundant evidence of that agreement. In addition, he or she would have rich experience in managing teams and designing processes. Other expectations are strong evangelism and disciple-making experience, cross-cultural communication skills, and willingness to maintain a moderate travel schedule (mostly domestic, some international).

Click here for the Position Description. To be considered, send a resume with cover letter describing your qualifications and your reasons for being interested to Ed McCallum, Assistant Stated Clerk, at ed.mccallum@epc.org, or by mail to:

Evangelical Presbyterian Church
ATTN: WO Associate Director Search Team
17197 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 567
Livonia, MI 48152

The deadline to apply is November 14, 2014.

World Outreach Director transition nears completion

 

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The transition of Rev. Phil Linton into the EPC World Outreach Director position to replace Rev. George Carey is near completion. The transition began on June 1, 2014 and the two of them have shared the responsibilities since then as Carey’s second three-year term ends on December 31. With vacation and study leave time built up, Carey will, however, complete his ministry on Wednesday, November 12, and turn over full responsibility to the new director.

Carey said, “It has been a highly successful arrangement for Phil to come aboard early and get acquainted with the people and the position serving through the General Assembly in June and the Family Gathering in Budapest in July. It was good of the Committee On Administration to think ahead and plan for this time of transition to take place.”

An Associate Director is expected to be named soon to come alongside Linton as Phil focuses on the field and team side of church planting. Linton has 15 years of church planting experience in Morocco and 15 years as a church missions pastor stateside, a healthy combination “for such a time as this” in EPC World Outreach.

On January 1, 2015, Carey will become Director of Church Development for Project Mercy (www.projectmercy.org), an approved agency of the EPC that does humanitarian and church planting ministry in Ethiopia, Africa. He may be contacted at george.carey@projectmercy.org.

World Outreach seeks Associate Director

 

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World Outreach is seeking an Associate Director to serve at the Livonia, Mich., office of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). The growing World Outreach ministry currently supports 139 global workers (and their families) in 25 countries around the world. The 2013 budget for this ministry exceeded $3.3 million.

The ideal applicant would be an elder in an EPC Church, in full agreement with the EPC Essentials of Faith, and whose daily life gives abundant evidence of that agreement. In addition he or she would have rich experience in managing teams, designing processes, evangelism and disciple-making, cross-cultural communication, and be willing to maintain a moderate travel schedule (mostly domestic, some international). A copy of the position description is available here.

Please send a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications and your reasons for being interested in the position by November 14, 2014, to ed.mccallum@epc.org or by mail to WO Associate Director Search Team, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 17197 North Laurel Park Dr., Suite 567, Livonia, MI 48152-7912.

Greg Livingstone publishes “The Muslim World: A Presbyterian Mandate”

 

In his newest book, The Muslim World: A Presbyterian Mandate, veteran EPC missionary Greg Livingstone issues a challenge for Presbyterians and other Reformed believers to rededicate them­selves to their foundational calling: taking the gospel to those people and places that have no access to the Good News—particularly in the Muslim world.

Using examples from more than 50 years of personal ministry experience among Muslims, Dr. Livingstone addresses the question of why there are so few Christ-honoring congregations of former Muslims. In addition, he offers a primer on how to get involved in ministry to Muslims, as well as a brief history of Presbyterian missions and Reformed missions among Muslim people groups.

“This is a book that every member of the EPC—and beyond—should take to heart,” said George Carey, Director of World Outreach. “Greg has seen God move among Muslims, and every believer should be able to share his experience.”

In the book, Livingstone notes that since September 11, 2001, there has been a proliferation of books, magazine articles, and websites about Muslims and ministry to them. This increased exposure has given Christians a new awareness of Muslims and a growing concern for their eternal souls. Partially in response to this new exposure, there are currently more than 8,000 missionaries who have spurned the unavailability of missionary visas and gained residency among Muslims in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and among Muslim people groups in China, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Can fresh methodologies coupled with perseverance result in the most effective evangelism and church planting move­ment ever accomplished among Muslim peoples?

The Muslim World: A Presbyterian Mandate will be available for purchase at $6.00 a copy at the 34th General Assembly in Knoxville; and it may be ordered through the EPC’s Resources Page or by emailing Barbara Roberts at the Office of the General Assembly at barbara.roberts@epc.org.

Thank you! from EPC World Outreach

 

EPC World Outreach is thankful for the contributions that have been made thus far to the Missionary Family Gathering expenses for this July in Budapest, Hungary.

Of the $85,000 goal, $50,000 has been contributed.

These gifts cover the costs for all the new missionaries that have joined World Outreach in the past few years who have not paid into the Family Gathering fund as have other missionaries. A record number is expected this year.  This event, where all the workers on the field come together for rest, worship, fellowship, and instruction, is held every four years .

Make donations to EPC World Outreach and mark the contribution for Family Gathering account # 289.

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Donate by mail:

Evangelical Presbyterian Church (WO)

17197 N. Laurel Park Drive, Suite 567

Livonia, Michigan 48152-7912

World Outreach Director Called

 

The Committee on Administration (COA) approved the recommendation of the World Outreach Director Search Committee to call Phil Linton to succeed George Carey as Director of World Outreach.

George Carey said, “I admire Phil and his wife Janet for their years of faithful mission service and expect that he will be able to take World Outreach forward to a new day of hallelujahs and PTL’s.”

When notified of the COA’s action, Phil said, “George Carey and his team have prepared World Outreach for great fruitfulness in the coming years. I’m excited about what comes next.”

Phil will begin as World Outreach Director-elect on June 1, 2014 and  will overlap with George as he finishes his term through December 31, 2014. This will ensure a smooth and effective transition between the two directors. Subsequent to George’s retirement, a World Outreach Associate Director will be called.

Phil is currently the Minister of Outreach and Missions at Ward EPC, Northville, MI. A position he has held since 1998. Before that he served as a missionary in France, Jordan and Morocco for Mission to the World (PCA). As a missionary, he held leadership positions in Arab World Mission. Phil and his wife Janet live in Northville, MI. They have been married for 35 years and have four grown children.

Members of the World Outreach Director Search Committee were Diane Thrash, David Adamson, Jeff Chadwick, Don Elliott, Jeff Jeremiah, Scott Larson, Ed McCallum and Dick Oestreicher.

Thoughts on Transformation (4)

 

Thoughts-on-Transformation-4What role does spiritual warfare play in your thinking about the mission of the church? I was challenged and inspired by a story Fred Lian (photo), pastor of Gracepoint Community Church of Littleton, CO told me recently. He committed that story to writing and presented below as a letter to us.

All,

In each of the last six years, I have had the opportunity and blessing to travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan to teach, preach and counsel pastoral and lay leadership of the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Kazakhstan (ERCK). ERCK is the denomination of churches planted by EPC World Outreach missionaries with which we enjoy fraternal relations. The courses I have taught have ranged from systematic theology to counseling skills.

This past March I received an invitation from Azim Janbakiyev, pastor of Rakhim Church, to return in the fall. He asked me what I wanted to teach and I replied that it would be best for him to tell me what he and his fellow pastors determined would be most beneficial. In May I received an email informing me that they would like me to teach on “Breaking Spiritual Strongholds.” I took a deep breath, typed in “Okay” and hit the Reply button.

Over the next few months I began to read, study and research to prepare for the seminar. On Tuesday, August 20 I was typing up one of the sessions when I was prompted to email Azim and Arman Arenbayev, pastor of Almagul Church in Almaty. I asked them to enlist their congregations to pray for me because the subject matter was so intense. I sent that off and went back to typing.

About seven minutes later I was typing a sub-heading, “Who Are Demons?” I copied some verses from one of my Bible software programs and pasted them into the document. Immediately my computer froze. Ctrl+Alt+Del didn’t do a thing to resolve the problem (for you Mac people, ask a PC person what that means), so I had to shut my computer down and then restart. When I got back to that particular page in my notes the entire section was gone.

I started over: “Who Are Demons?” and then, this time, I went to another Bible software program to copy my verses – thinking that perhaps something was wrong with the other program – and I pasted them onto the page, hit Ctrl-S and my computer froze again. Ctrl+Alt+Del again had no effect, so I shut the computer down and restarted it once again. I opened the document and went to the page where I had saved the information and that entire section was missing.

A third time I typed: “Who Are Demons?” but this time I hand-typed the verses in, hit Ctrl+S and immediately my computer froze. Once again Ctrl+Alt+Del did not resolve the issue, so I shut down my computer and restarted it. And then it dawned on me that I had not prayed for my own protection! I have a spiritual stigmatism that often plagues me from viewing all of life and ministry through a spiritual lens. I stopped doing “work” and began to re-engage with God and prayed for His power to be exerted in and through my life and preparation for my trip to Kazakhstan.

Now that my heart was re-aligned I started typing again: “Who Are Demons?” and I copied and pasted verses from the first Bible software program I had tried, hit Ctrl+S and the computer stayed alive. You need to know that I had never had a problem with my computer prior to this, and I have never had a problem with the computer since that time. I was being “messed with and harassed.”

After reflecting on what had happened to me I recognized that this probably has far-reaching consequences for the Church. Each of us reads on websites and blogs, on almost a daily basis, how the Church is experiencing difficult times – and the stated reasons and the possible solutions are endless.

The EPC has defined itself as being Presbyterian, Reformed, Evangelical and Missional. I certainly embrace all that, even though it’s expressed imperfectly at times. And I fully understand we need to maintain doctrinal purity, and communicate clearly the Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection, and connect with our community and culture with love, grace, and sensitivity. I’m all for that.

And yet, perhaps the reason the Church is not having the impact and influence it once did isn’t because we’re not reformed or evangelical or missional – perhaps it’s because we’re engaged in spiritual warfare and we haven’t viewed the spiritual, moral, and ethical battle from that perspective.

Perhaps we need to re-familiarize ourselves with the particulars of spiritual bondage; perhaps we need to re-introduce our churches to the power of prayer and fasting; perhaps we need to remind the people of God about the armor that is ours – and that it’s mighty and is to be used. I personally have neglected this significant facet of spiritual power, and I would surmise that many others have as well. And it’s not that it’s intentional, I believe that Satan has successfully distracted me/us away from this vital spiritual arena to focus on other “good” stuff, but perhaps not the right stuff for the battle we face.

Our enemy isn’t the culture, the political or legal system, nor is it liberal thinking and values. Our enemy is the evil one, the prince of darkness, the deceiver, the father of lies. And the directive Paul gives us is, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:10-12)

Francis Shaeffer put it this way: “We . . . are locked in a battle. This is not a friendly, gentleman’s discussion. It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ.”

As a result of my “event,” I realize that we will never win a war we choose not to acknowledge.

 

In the fight with you,

Pastor Fred Lian

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EPC English Teachers Needed in China

 

Teachers from across the EPC are being sought out to join other EPC teachers already in China, to teach English under the direction of English Language Institute China (ELIC).

These are government supported positions open for short term (6 weeks) and long term (two years plus). A bachelor’s degree is required and is not limited to a teaching degree.

EPC World Outreach works in tandem with ELIC to send teachers to teach the English language to some of the most advanced university students in China.

Potential teaching candidates should contact Dave Raisor at david.raisor@elic.com who will give details of the current openings.

World Outreach needs your help…

 

Envision Trek 2014!

Unique short-term mission trip opportunities!

These short-term treks are scheduled for 2014:

  • Sumatra, Indonesia August 1 – 18, 2014
  • High Wycombe, England July 14 – 24, 2014
  • Southern, Jordan May 28 – June 28, 2014

You are needed to invite members of your congregation to go! Think about current college students or young adults who have a heart for missions or ministry but have not known what is the next step. Would you consider challenging them to apply? Would you connect the EPC World Outreach to them? These first World Outreach trekkers will change lives and also nurture the future of Engage2025.

And who should you connect? Any adults seriously interested in serving as a missionary with World Outreach.  College and young adults are especially hoped for as they are often at a place of discerning where and what to do with their life calling.

These three trips will have some level of an Engage 2025 field associated with it.  And each has a limited number of spots.

You can find more information on the EPC World Outreach Engage 2025 web page. Follow the link for SHORT-TERM. Please also connect them with our Coordinator of Mission Recruitment, Shawn Stewart at shawn.stewart@epwo.net.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to send this information to: 1) Possible World Outreach trekker candidates. 2) Your youth and college leaders who may know of ideal candidates. And finally 3) Your missions committee.

“Get To Know WO” Memphis Encounter Deadline Extended

 

See the agenda and register at epcwo.org for the November 12-14 “Get To Know WO Encounter” at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. Encounter is designed to inspire and inform new churches and anyone interested in missions about the missions’ arm of the EPC, World Outreach.

Encounter begins Tuesday November 12 at 1:00 PM and ends with lunch on Thursday, November 14.

Missionaries and World Outreach ministries will be featured, including plenary addresses by: EPC Moderator, Bill Dudley; World Outreach Missionary, Greg Livingstone; and Second Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor, Sandy Willson.

Annual EPC Offering Gives Thanks to God

 

The 2013 denomination-wide Thanksgiving Offering will be used for Church Planting recruitment in EPC World Outreach. There is real need to recruit church planting missionaries to go to areas of the world where the church doesn’t exist. Please consider making your church a part of this annual offering. To receive fliers and offering envelopes, contact World Outreach Administrative Assistant, Patti Moore at patti.moore@epc.org.

Get To Know WO

 

Attention all who want to know more about EPC cross cultural church planting missions….especially invited are newly received EPC churches from the PCUSA…

EPC World Outreach is conducting “Encounter World Outreach” on November 12-14 in Memphis, TN to better inform EPC churches and individuals about “what God is up to” in world missions in our denomination.

You will hear former missionaries, current missionaries, and those headed for the field, as they tell their stories of being used of God to reach the unreached. You will also hear EPC Moderator, Dr. Bill Dudley, EPC missionary Dr. Greg Livingstone, and the pastor of the host church, Second Presbyterian, Dr. Sandy Willson.

The Encounter begins after lunch on November 12 and concludes with lunch on November 14 at Second Presbyterian Church.

For further information, contact Patti Moore at

patti.moore@epc.org.

Applications for EPC Director of World Outreach being accepted

 

Applications are being accepted for the position of Director of World Outreach of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).

The growing World Outreach ministry currently supports more than 112 commissioned missionaries (and their families) in 27 countries around the world.  The 2012 budget for this ministry exceeded $2.55 million.

The ideal applicant will have a vibrant, mature relationship with Christ, a passion for the Great Commission, be experienced in missions, have a pastoral heart for our missionaries, be an outstanding team builder and leader, be ordained or able to be ordained as an EPC Teaching Elder or Ruling Elder, and committed to a Reformed perspective on missions and the missional direction of our denomination. A willingness to travel internationally is required.

You can use this link to downlad the application. You can request the application and other materials related to this opportunity from Della Cullins at Della.Cullins@EPC.org or call 734-838-6940.

Please send all correspondence to:

Della.Cullins@EPC.org

-or-

World Outreach Director Search / Selection Team
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
17197 North Laurel Park Drive
Suite 567
Livonia, MI 48152

Invitation to a Conference Celebrating Isa Dreams

 

From EPC Pastor, Frank Costenbader, Director Manifold Hope…

Muslims all over the world are having dreams about Jesus. Come, hear what God is doing, glorify Him, and consider how to respond!

It’s time for the Western Church to acknowledge that God is miraculously moving around the world. The words of the prophet Joel have come true:  Muslims are dreaming dreams and seeing visions – and multitudes are following Jesus the Messiah!

Hear from missionaries, evangelists, church planters, authors and dreamers how God is using this powerful move of the Holy Spirit to grow His church in these days.

David Garrison is coming!  We are pleased to announce that noted missiologist David Garrison is joining our speakers for the Isa Dreams conference. David has a book forthcoming (House of Islam) capturing the details of the current Church Planting Movement sweeping among Muslim people groups around the world.

Discount for students and missionaries! Come, learn about what God is doing, worship Him, participate as we pray and strategize about how to respond.

SIGN UP NOW!

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Reminder… EPC’s “Denomination-wide World Outreach Encounter”

 

Reminder….. The EPC’s

“Denomination-wide World Outreach Encounter”

November 12-14 Memphis, TN (Second Presbyterian)

This first-time event is being conducted by EPC World Outreach on behalf of new churches to the EPC that want to learn more about the EPC’s international missions ministry. Not only new churches are invited but pastors and mission leaders from all churches are encouraged to attend this informative and challenging event. EPC General Assembly Moderator Dr. Bill Dudley will kick off “Encounter World Outreach” with a word of welcome and challenge to set the tone for Encounter. Other featured speakers include: World Outreach missionary, Dr. Greg Livingstone and the pastor of Second Presbyterian, Dr. Sandy Willson.

Attendees will hear stories from EPC World Outreach missionaries who have served on difficult fields of ministry as well as newly appointed missionaries to tell how God has led them to pledge their lives to serve in the Muslim world.

The EPC World Outreach staff and mobilization team will communicate the ministry of World Outreach so that attendees will go away with a solid and complete picture of the EPC commitment to the Great Commission around the world. Presbytery representatives for the Engage 2025 Initiative will be present to share their challenges in planting churches among unengaged Muslim people groups. Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel from the newly forming Medical Missions Ministry are invited along with representatives of Business As Mission (BAM) Ministry to tell what God is doing to give platforms for church planting among unengaged/unreached people groups.

Brochures have been sent to all churches announcing this event.

Register online

Volunteers Needed In Mission Field

 

Volunteer help is needed in daycare service in an EPC World Outreach mission field!

Rainbow Kids, a daycare for migrant workers’ and refugees’ kids located in Beirut, Lebanon, is looking for volunteers with daycare experience who can help train the local staff led by a World Outreach missionary. The daycare has been operational since May 2013 and has a capacity of 70 children, aged 6 months to 3.5 yrs. The clientele are at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder and pay limited with heavily-subsidized fees to put their children in the daycare. Help is needed in running and management for whatever periods people are able to offer.

If interested contact EPC World Outreach at patti.moore@epc.org.