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Church Planting

Through Furlough Replacement

A Solution Although furlough replacement is not new, it is greatly misunderstood. The goal for  the furlough replacement missionary is to step into another missionary’s ministry and  continue in his vision,   methods, and priorities. Differences in style are  unavoidable, but they must not detract from that  continuity. This requires a degree of flexibility and  humility to assume, what is in essence the role of  assistant pastor in the permanent missionary’s  absence. At the same time, the furlough  replacement missionary must have extensive  experience as a pastor in order to lead biblically,  avoid pitfalls, and continue the discipling and  national pastor training process. He must also  have energy and a natural God-given love for  those to whom he ministers. We want to reverse the norm of missionaries returning to the field to  find that they have lost years of work. Rather, we desire to present returning  missionaries with a stronger church than that which they left. It has been, and can be, done. Statistics show that when left with a comptent, experienced replacement,  church plants almost always continue to grow in size and depth in the absence of the the missionary. This is the work to which God has called us—church planting through furlough replacement.


Jim & Myra Wright

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