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Cycles of Ministry
By Tim Tyler
If one stays in a place long enough, one begins
to observe a ministry cycle. Summers are full
of plans for Vacation Bible School, children
and teen camps, and warm-weather outreach.
As families regroup for the new school year,
fall events take shape with new Sunday school
and Bible study themes, ladies’ Bible studies,
Children’s Clubs, organized soul winning, and
the beginning of discipleship times. Things
really get rolling with the missions conference,
the holiday season, and the theme for the new
year. Adding the parallel schedule of a Bible
college makes it easy to see how missionaries
or pastors can get into the routine of keeping
up with what comes next while forgetting to
soberly consider the purpose of each message,
activity, and event.
The Tyler family has been in Romania for over
16 years—not so long in comparison with other
European missionaries but long enough to see
fruit begin to ripen on the vine with potential
of a great harvest. There are many demands for
attention, but three factors help keep things in
balance. important to keep ministry centered on the will
of our Heavenly Father. There may be personal
trials or seasons of seemingly fruitless efforts,
but these should drive us to depend more and
more upon our gracious Lord. Likewise, close
communication with Him must be maintained
when we become busy about the Master’s
business. In 2005, the Timişoara Baptist Church was
started in an auditorium once used for
communist youth assemblies under Nicolae
Ceauşescu. Over the years other locations were
rented and much work has been done to reach
people in the fourth largest city in Romania.
Today, the church has her own property on
a main boulevard and has a multi-national
congregation made up primarily of Romanians
but also with German-speaking and English-
speaking members. All are a result of God’s
answering the prayers of others, as well as
those of the church families.
Priorities And it came to pass, that, as he was praying
in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his
disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray
(Luke 11:1) .
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you
alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen
(Matthew 28:19–20) .
This is not a cliché or an over-simplified
spiritual duty—IT IS IMPERATIVE! Both the
personal practice and the teaching of prayer are
Soul winning and discipleship have been and
continue to be the priority of the local church.
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