The Foursquare denomination of the Philippines, led by their President, Val Chaves, and General Supervisor, Delfin Corona, together with twenty-eight other national & regional leaders, convened at the LSI Center, Butuan City in June this year for an exclusive five-day Kairos intensive. The entire senior leadership did the Kairos Course as a precursor for involving their entire denomination, consisting of more than 1900 churches, in strategic mission!
A strong learning atmosphere that escalated as the course progressed was a distinct feature of this course. The Head Facilitator, Max Chismon, was kept busy convening animated discussions on the course material and the application of newfound concepts that, Lord willing, could reshape church/denominational life and ministry. The Kairos material, together with the special activities, deeply challenged existing paradigms of church life and denominational thinking.
The Kairos course ended with the unanimous decision by all the leaders to meet for Facilitator Training, plans for which are already in place. Their long term goal is that all Foursquare churches in the Philippines will be running Kairos as a regular part of their discipleship program and become more fervently and strategically involved in ministry and cross-cultural mission.
Astrakhan is a city of nations. A conglomeration of different ethnic groups, the church in this city has the potential to powerfully impact the South of Russia and neighboring nations.
Kairos was recently conducted in Astrakhan, bringing in forty-two participants. Pastor Pavel was truly inspired to make a difference and to see his church reach the nations on their doorstep. He has a strategy to plant a new church in one of the districts in their region. Some people made commitments to financially sow into missions, while others kindled their passion for praying for the least reached people groups. Several churches were represented, and it was amazing to see such a dynamic change of worldview, as this whole group deeply embraced the call to missions!