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    Text Box: 1 Cor. 12:5-11 
There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. NKJV

1 Cor. 12:27-28 
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. NKJV

It has been the almost universal belief and definition of the Body of Christ (the church) that all missionaries are church planters and some have even gone as far as to define a missionary as an apostle because they plant churches. The truth is that over the past centuries the majority of the work that has been done by missionaries has been church planting in areas where there were few if any churches. And even today there are still some areas where church planting is the priority (e.g., James and Rachel Krechnyak in Ireland, where less than one percent are Christian ). But in other parts of the world where missionaries of the past have established churches, there is a greater need for training ministries.

Training ministries are ones that are imparting to the local people the skills needed to care for their own. Thereís the old saying, "You can give a man a fish and heíll eat for a day, or you can teach him to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime." But, I believe, if you not only teach him to fish but you also teach him how to impart that skill to others then the whole village will eat. I have said for years, "Our success is in their success." It is evident that if what we impart to them they are not able to impart to others, then we have accomplished nothing. 

If you hold a church service, you reach a congregation. If you hold a pastorsí conference, you reach many congregations. But if in the process, you train ministers for service who can train others to do the same, you can reach generations. Paul wrote this in 2 Tim. 2: 2:  And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Much of the ground the church has taken from the devil over the past years has not been held because we have failed to train others to train others to train others. If we are to infect this world for Christ, we need to begin by infecting those around us with the desire to infect others so they CAN infect others with the Love of Christ.

By whatever method we choose to impart the love of Christ (church planting, Bible studies, house building, etc.) we will never be effective if we just show them how to do that task. Success only comes when our disciples make disciples who will reach others. In this way we will become effective ministers of the Gospel of Christ. 

Itís the desire of our heart here at LGOM to become infectious ministers for Christ. How about YOU? Do you want to see generations touched by the love of Christ? Are you ready to see Ephesians 4:11-13 fulfilled in our lifetime? 

Eph. 4:11 
It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare Godís people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

If this is your desire, then join with us in infecting our world for Christ. Contact us by email at bodybuilders@lgom.net . We can offer you many ways in which to get involved with the infectious ministry of Christ. 

Yours in Christ,
                             Tom Shidler  
                                                     Eph. 4:11-13  "Lets get em ready"
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