THE MISSION

The mission of FORWORD focuses on creating national teams of people competent to communicate God's word who are able to equip others with the skills necessary to effectively communicate that word in their communities.  

1. We believe God transforms the world through individuals who are transformed by his word.

It is our conviction that change begins with us.  You and me.  While we long for the world to change, and often wish for the church to change, change begins with us.  Transformation in the world, and in the church, depends on our willingness for God to change us.  The word of God is a living testimony to God’s transforming power through the lips, hands, and feet of men and women who stake their lives on his word.

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We focus on helping others to hear and speak for God because who we are is defined by the words we choose to embody.  Communication with God is at the heart of our relationship with him.  We are transformed to the extent to which his truth defines every part of our being.  We do not simply teach people how to study the Bible or speak for God.  We invite people to become God’s living word in their communities.

The transformation which God affects in us through his truth permeates our marriages, families and our church communities.  We are seeking to rebuild God’s church on the foundation of God’s word alone.

Transformation begins with us.  You and me.

We would like you to consider joining us in this life-transforming venture.

2.  We believe making disciples is meant to create teachers of teachers, not just perpetual students.

A teacher is only as good as the teachers he or she multiplies.  In a world of rampant individualism and personality cults, where celebrities and communication kings promote themselves, biblical communicators are called to create a movement instead of erecting a monument.  Our program is designed to help God’s people become teachers of teachers.
  
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This means that our program is deeply relational.  We believe that, much like Jesus who invited his disciples to share his life, education must be based on transparent and faithful relationships defined by unconditional love.  We invite you to begin the relationship by joining us for an initial two-year commitment.  We hope to extend this commitment into a lifetime of mutual support, deepening it by continuous education and widening it to include a growing community of God’s teachers around the world.  We are in it together for eternity.

We would like you to consider becoming a part of this venture for the sake of Christ and his church - your community.
 
3.   We believe the best communication comes through people speaking their native language.

We do not teach in translation.  Instead, we teach in English and equip bi-lingual participants to create programs that best communicate biblical truth in their language and culture.  We do not create and maintain programs for others.  We ask national teams to create their own programs based on our unified biblical foundation.

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In the English language God’s grace has afforded us an unprecedented opportunity to teach in a language understood in most parts of the world today.  This great opportunity allows us to avoid spending half of the teaching time in translation. More importantly, it allows us to create communities of learning which transcend linguistic barriers.  We can bring many national leaders together into a singular program to deepen our fundamental convictions and broaden our theological horizons.  Above all, teaching in a common language prevents us from having to develop separate programs for the various native groups.  Instead, we empower people to develop programs in their own language, through their own national teams.

This approach eliminates the detrimental practice of making the church dependent on English-speaking lecturers teaching in translation.  Native teachers and preachers are far more  effective in reaching their own cultures.

We would like you to consider developing a program that will speak uniquely to your own people in their own language.

4.  We believe biblical programs ought to be supported by the sacrificial giving of the participants.

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Participation in the program must be self-funded by the national communities.  This way we hope to help God’s people around the world take responsibility not only for communicating God’s truth in their communities but also for sustaining the work through the practice of lifelong sacrificial giving of those whose lives have been transformed by the hearing of God’s Word.  In other words, we are seeking to wean the Christian world from an unhealthy dependence on Western funding. We invite you to consider the cost of this endeavor; realizing that this project will require a sacrifice in time and resources and the need to rely on God to provide through His people.