Making Disciples with the HUB Model

HUB Model

HUB Model

 

The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded all believers to be disciples and disciple-makers everywhere you go, of everybody who responds to the Gospel (GK: ethnos, ethnic groups), all the time (Matthew 28:18-20).  This command is just that, a command, not an option, for  everyone, everywhere, all the time.

Hope Builders Ministries’ heartbeat is to obey this command and to help other believers obey it as well (disciple making). In Africa HBM uses a disciple-making strategy called the “HUB” model. 2 Timothy 2:2 declares this model when Paul says to Timothy, by the Holy Spirit, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”  This is a four generation strategy to continually be producing disciples of Jesus Christ.

Disciples are made not born. Believers are born by the Spirit of God when they hear and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Who He is and What He has done). Disciples are made when a believer who has become a disciple begins to win people to Christ and teach them to be disciples of Jesus Christ in the context of the local church.

HBM, working in Africa, partners with indigenous missionaries to equip them to make disciples who make disciples.  The Native Missionary/Pastor becomes a mentor of other pastors. While being trained, he, with the guidance of his trainer, identifies 3 other disciple pastors who are willing to be trained and mentored in the Word of God and pastoral leadership. At the same time the pastor’s local church is being built up in the Word of God as he teaches what he is learning. The local church is learning to reach out with the Gospel in obedience to the Command of Christ to make disciples.

HBM provides a 3 year Bible Curriculum that is taught by the discipler to his students, as well as Study Bibles to the pastors and Bibles to the believers.

With this model HBM Zambia has experienced tremendous growth. In two years 1500 men have been brought into pastoral training, some have been pastors for a long time, many are new. All are church planting disciple-makers. We anticipate another 1000 new men in training in 2013.

Today there are over 150 HUBS growing  in Zambia.          PRAISE THE LORD!

 

BIG Vision in Zambia

The Vision Statement for Hope Builders Ministries Zambia is to “Saturate Zambia with Bible believing churches with trained pastors“.

This is a BIG vision and I think one that is worthy of our expectations of our BIG God “who desires that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” It was William Carey who said “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” This is a worthy aspiration for all true disciple making believers of Jesus Christ.

To accomplish this vision we must believe not only that God can do it (He Can!), but that it is also His desire to do it. I believe it is. The Lord has established His Church as His ambassador on earth. The local church is that ambassador in any given locale. A healthy local church makes a better representation than an unhealthy church.

Healthy churches must be bible centered and need pastors whose priority it is to teach and preach “the Book.” This is especially critical in a place that has very few Bibles per believer. Zambia is “saturated” with cults and false prophets, but not Bibles, nor Bible centered churches, nor Bible trained pastors. Many churches will have only one or two old copies of the Bible. Many rural churches will not have Bibles in their “heart” language. Many churches will not have a trained pastor. Well trained pastors are crucial to Christ’s Church because they have the mandate to “equip the saints to do work of the ministry, building up the church to become unified in THE FAITH and in THE KNOWLEDGE of God’s Son, GROWING into mature believers who looks like Christ” (Ephesians 4:12 – 13 paraphrased). This can only happen as believers love, learn and live the Word of God and trained pastors are an integral part of this spiritual equation.

Christ Jesus Himself gave “some” gifted men to the Church for this very purpose. Gifted men need to be trained. Disciple-making and training does not happen in a vacuum. The individual mandate is for pastors to “be diligent and study” to become good workers in the Word. The corporate mandate is to “make disciples/train followers.” Pastoral training should not be the exception but the rule for God-called men. The pursuit of training approves the “call” and accomplishing it qualifies the called. Learning the disciplines of good Bible study and pastoral care as well as a thorough understanding of the Word of God are part and parcel of being an Ephesians 4 pastor-teacher or evangelist (church planter). Jesus, our example, Himself being “called” “learned obedience through the things He suffered”. In fact, training should be the life long pursuit of the “God-called” man.

This “corporate” mandate to make disciples is the driver to accomplishing the mission in Zambia. Jesus said that the “disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained (discipled) will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). Paul instructed the Corinthians to “follow/imitate me as I follow/imitate Christ”(1 Cor. 11:1). HBM Zambia pastors in the pastoral training program are all being discipled and becoming disciple makers with the goal that all look like “Jesus”. The goal of the District Leader is to be  discipling at least 10 “HUB” leaders who in turn are discipling their “Peter, James and John” who will also make three disciples to the 4th generation (2 Timothy 2:2). It is the goal of each District to develop and train up to 400 pastors and plant and/or build up 400 churches in a 6 to 7 year period using the “1 to 3” HUB Model. Today Zambia has 22 Districts and 147 HUB leaders training hundreds of men. In late 2008 there was 1 LARGE district and  35 HUB leaders and churches. The Lord is blessing the “disciple making” process.

It is the dream and vision of HBM Zambia that the 22 Districts become 9000 trained pastors and churches by 2020. I fully expect to have over 30 districts by 2015.

This follows the motto of Hope Builders Ministries, “Equipping Disciple to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples”. The “1 to 3” HUB Model is the method HBM uses to accomplish its mission.

This year 400 new pastors have been brought into pastoral training and discipleship. In November another 600 will join the training.

HBM Zambia has a BIG Vision and we are confident that our BIG God will continue to empower us and YOU to “Saturate Zambia with Bible believing churches with trained pastors.”

Jeff Hawkins is the HBM Zambia Coordinator working with Hope Builders Ministries, Greenwood, VA.

(If you would like Jeff to speak to your church, missions team or small-group contact him at: Jeff@HBMin.org)

2012 Zambia Mission

Training Pastors in Zambia

Prayer Requests: 2012 Zambia Mission
My flight to Zambia yesterday had to be delayed because of passport issues. Hopefully this will be resolved in a few days. Please pray that I will have it soon.
Another prayer request is for additional funds for the work to be done while in Zambia. Would you prayerfully consider presenting this ministry to your contacts, church and associates to help with the expenses of this trip and future ministry in Zambia?
Here are the things I will be focusing on while in Zambia (May 22 – July 13).
1. Pastoral training Our main mission is to train pastors and raise up new pastors in the Word of God. I will be encouraging the leaders in this training and conducting as many leadership seminars as time and money allow. The emphasis is on the centrality of the Word of God in their ministries, proper Bible Study Methods and use of the training material as well as the implementation of the Hub Model of Discipleship.
2. Distribution of training material to over 1400 pastors presently in training or waiting to start. (There are over 1000 pastors besides these that are praying for training.)
3. The establishment of 3 new areas of ministry – Kafue, Mansa, and Kabwe.
4. The organization of a new Region This will be the combining of 5 districts into the Muchinga Region under the leadership of Pastor James Bwalya.
5. Encouragement of the work in the extreme Northwestern Province around Kabompo. This is a very difficult area because of its remoteness. Pastor George Masela is the District Leader there and needs our encouragement.
6. Outreach in Rural Livingstone area, working with our pastors there.
7. DRC There will also be contact with our work in DRC on the border of Zambia. The District Leader, pastor Deco, is waiting on French training material and Swahili Bibles. We will also instruct and encourage him and his leaders in the HUB model of discipleship.
As you can see there is much that is hoped to be accomplished. Please partner with us, the pastor-missionaries and me, as we strengthen their hands with pastoral training, bibles, ministry tools and encouragement in the work they are doing.
Specifically the need is for a minimum of $5000.  Give Here
Your gift can be mailed to: Hope Builders Ministries, P.O.Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943 Designate Zambia
Hope Builders Ministries is committed to the indigenous missionary. The incredible work that God is doing in many remote places through them is marvelous to behold. We have the privilege in our day to partner with them. HBM is your ambassador overseeing the proper distribution of funds and the quality of the work. We have personally witnessed God’s favor with our brothers as they are trained in the Word and encouraged by the Western Church with the resources we take for granted.
Nchelenga Leadership Conference

Leadership Training Seminar

6500 indigenous pastors are in Bible training at the present moment with Hope Builders Ministries in 8 African countries.  1400 of these are in Zambia. This biblical training of pastors affects multiple thousands of believers in the congregations of these pastors. New congregations/churches are continuously being founded as the Word of God spreads in remote areas where multiple languages and cultures are not a barrier to these indigenous witnesses for Christ.

Please prayerfully consider partnering with us. We will be honored to be your ambassadors to indigenous pastoral and church planting missions in Africa.
Making Disciples in Africa,
Jeff Hawkins (HIMAfrica)

Bibles needed in Zambia

Hub Pastor Boyd Luenoo in Mazabuka District. He presently has three pastors in training and three new churches planted. They need Bibles especially to train the pastors who in turn disciple their churches.

ITS NOT TOO LATE To Make a Difference In 2011

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Looking back 2011 has been a marvelous year in Zambia to the Glory of God!

In April and May my friend Bill and I traversed Zambia delivering Training Manuals and reinforcing the HUB model of Church Planting, Pastoral Training and Discipleship. 700 NEW pastors began training with their mentor/pastors who disciple them. We began our journey in South Africa hitching a ride through Zimbabwe with Herbie who is Hope Builders Ministries’ partner in Malawi. In Livingstone we met another ministry, ERM, that “loaned” us their vehicle for the next 6 weeks so that we could make the journey throughout the vast and rugged country.

As we traveled and visited with the different ministries throughout Zambia it was encouraging to see the deep conviction and dedication of the men and women we are privileged to work alongside of. They are doing so much with so little, except FAITH. They truly trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, not only for saving grace but for living grace. They live by faith day to day in a place where the next meal is a matter of trusting God and hard work. We have a hard time comprehending that kind of faith and living.

Our ministry (HIMAfrica) with Hope Builders Ministries is TO SUPPORT the indigenous missionary pastors in Zambia. I emphasize TO SUPPORT because unlike traditional missionaries I do not LIVE in Zambia, setting up home and headquarters and DOING the work of ministry myself. The World of Missions is rapidly changing as church and mission organizations realize that the vast resources expended on training, equipping and keeping ONE Western missionary on the field (6 years – $500,000)  is much better spent directly on the missionaries that already live on the “field” of service. The local Christians already know the language, culture and HOW to live on the local economy. (Most Western Missionaries continue to live like westerners in developing countries causing all kinds of hindrances to the Gospel.)

HIMAfrica and Hope Builders Ministries exist to support the native missionaries that are already there. We are Helping Indigenous Ministries in Africa. Hope Builders Ministries philosophy is to equip and encourage the church in Africa to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord to Make Disciples to the end of time.

Using the local Christian leaders, who have formal Biblical training, we come along side these godly men and help them “Make Disciples” by providing the resources they need… Bibles, Training Manuals, Bicycles, Training Centers, Farming implements, basic widow/orphan support and other basic “tools” …to do the work of the ministry. These men focus on making disciples who in turn make disciples who make disciples. IT is the multiplication method taught to us in the Scriptures.

Zambia has seen over 1500 church planted and pastors trained in the past 10 years. Hope Builders Ministries has been directly involved in upwards of 5000 churches planted and pastors trained in the same period. These are phenomenal results that are unheard of in traditional missions.  As the momentum builds it is possible in this next year that over 2000 new churches will be planted and new pastors begin training in Zambia alone! This is because THEY, the Disciples of Christ on the ground, are doing the work just as they were designed to do. Ephesians 4:12 clearly tells us that the PEOPLE do the WORK of the MINISTRY. We believe this. The indigenous pastors believe this. AND God does it, by His Grace and the empowering of the Holy Spirit as we obey the Word of God.

This is where you come in and can MAKE A DIFFERENCE before this year is over. Here is what you can do:

  • PRAY for us (HIMAfrica) and Hope Builders Ministries regularly.
  • GIVE a year-end gift to help us close the year in the “black.” Zambia needs to pay off the $4500 vehicle we purchased using funds from a fellow ministry. They need their money and we need your help to pay it back.
  • MAKE a decision to partner with Lou Ann and me this next year by giving to our monthly support so that we can continue to Help our brothers and sisters in Zambia. We need your partnership.
  • RECOMMEND our ministry to your church and contacts. This ministry is growing and the needed support base must grow with it.

Lou Ann and I send you our warmest blessings in Jesus Name. Thank you for loving us and partnering with us in the great work God is doing in Africa making disciples.

Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins (working in Zambia, southern Congo (DRC) and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)

Hope Builders Ministries, PO Box 317, Greenwood, VA 22943 (all gifts are tax-deductible and will be receipted)
 

National Ministry Vehicle