Milestone – “an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.” RTN landed a major milestone in 2018 with a majority International leadership team. For the first time in its history the church is seeing the the fruit of long-term investment of cross cultural discipleship. Worship leader, Adeel Emmanuel From Pakistan, is leading the monthly leadership devotional time. His topic? The necessity of making biblical disciples. Emmanuel recently became the owner of his own company, Deal wireless.
Every member of the leadership team is required to be disciplining other believers and being accountable for pursuing evangelistic opportunities.
“It doesn’t matter what kind of organization you are in, you must raise up the person behind you if you want to survive as an organization. The church today as we know it only exist because Jesus first disciples made more disciples. And biblically, we have the same command from Christ.” – Adeel Emmanulle
Sitting next to him is Augustine Buziraboba from the Congo. He delivered a message on the last communion Sunday as Pastor Bill Johnson visited a partner in church in Birmingham. Earlier in the day at the leadership meeting Augustine spent time encouraging and pouring in to other African members within the body and delivering a benevolence offering to a Congolese family who desperately needs the gospel of Jesus.
Also sitting at the table is Aster, another believer from Pakistan who was baptized within the church. She asks for prayer for some coworkers to whom she is sharing the gospel. She is now a regular volunteer and worker at a local ministry dedicated to assisting refugee women through pregnancy.
RTN now hosts five discipleship groups that are faithfully committed to making disciples of all nations.
“Every day people are growing in the faith here. We have people that are desperately desiring to take this message back to their homelands. I believe this is what happens when we lead God‘s people into a biblical discipleship relationship.” – Bill Johnson
RTN understands that it’s not about a Sunday morning service but about making disciples. Beginning its third service, and English only gathering, RTN understands that Sundays are a display of what God is really doing through discipleship Monday through Saturday. As the church seeks to see every member in a discipleship relationship, pray for its leaders as they take the first steps in fulfilling the Great Commission.