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!