This vision of reaching every person with the Good News of Jesus still motivates us today. That is why Every Community for Christ is so thrilled by its major African expression, the Village Church Planting (VCP) ministry.
Village Church Planting carries with it a strong burden to make sure that every African villager has an opportunity to hear of the love of Christ, respond in faith to His offer of salvation, and become a ministering member of a local church. This is a wonderful passion, but without the core value of multiplication described in 2 Timothy 2:2, this desire would be little more than a dream. If, however, each disciple of Jesus can train other disciples and each church can reproduce itself by planting daughter churches, soon everyone will have an opportunity to walk with Jesus and be transformed by His grace.
ECC supports church multiplication with prayer, with training, and with what we call shepherding. In Africa, ECC shepherds work with VCP supervisors.
Shepherds do four things:
ECC shepherds form part of the missionary body of One Mission Society, serving as non-residential missionaries. They minister with and to their assigned VCP supervisors twice a year, from one to two weeks each time. They also participate in an annual training event for shepherds serving around the world. Shepherds maintain their pastoral relationship through phone and e-mail contact between field visits.
If you have strong pastoral experience and would be interested in serving as an ECC shepherd in Africa, please let us know by expressing your interest. Click here to navigate to the Contact Us page of this website.
Some Background on ECC
Every Community for Christ is engaged in church multiplication beyond Africa. In Asia, we also plant multiplying churches in villages. But the ECC ministry is not limited to villages. In major cities throughout that continent, ECC teams work to multiply house churches and cell churches.
In Europe and Latin America, we work in urban areas to start house church networks. Even though the size of the church is different, just as in Africa, the key to multiplication is the effective training of leaders who are called of God to multiply churches. In the Caribbean, ECC rejoices to see churches planting churches to the fourth generation.
ECC is a team ministry. Whether the team is made up of a VCP trainer and his 15 volunteer pastor-church planters in Africa, or trainers in Mexico City empowering pastoral workers in that metropolis to multiply house churches, ECC raises up teams of Christian leaders to serve together to reach the nations for Christ.