We believe in the local church.

Live School passionately believes that the local church, in whatever forms it is found is God’s vehicle through which the Kingdom of God is established. The Body of Christ is strategic in influencing the society people among whom it lives and works.

We believe the local church is strategic in fulfilling the Great Commission (“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Mt 28:19-20).

Often, local churches are not involved in missions because they know little about it, or in the developing world, they do not realize that they can be the missionary force instead of only receiving foreign missionaries. What church leadership may have been taught in Bible school or seminary has not adequately equipped them to understand neither their strategic role nor their responsibility. They are either afraid of it or prefer to do little or nothing about. In some cases, they take a leap of faith and appoint a missions committee, becoming so-called “churches with missions.” The Lord is seeking “Mission Churches,” churches with the Great Commission in their DNA and existing to expand the Kingdom.

These are more interested in the purposes of God than the next exciting fad to come along, enticing them in a new direction. The Live School sets out to mobilize churches in an affluent part of a country or region to partner with a church in a developing region or nation. The goal is to start a Live School in that lesser developed area. Sometimes, other local churches end up sending people to be trained or, during the outreach phase of the training, students are sent to work alongside other churches in other towns and villages. The mobilization of the local church, in effect, ripples out into the region as more and more churches become involved in evangelism, church planting and discipleship.

TESTIMONIES

Antananarivo, Madagascar –┬áIn 2001, a Live School was founded in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, and became instrumental in mobilizing hundreds of Malagasy churches in the city into missions. Church leaders in the city were challenged to adopt two villages each and commit to visit them within 12 months to determine the status of churches there. If a church was found in the village, the pastor would commit to encourage its growth, and, if no church were found, the goal was to plant one. Those pastors adopted over 1,300 villages, and in 2002 over 6,000 Malagasy Christian leaders gathered to hear the reports of what God had done throughout the country in that year. Hundreds of churches were planted that year and Madagascar continues to be one of the fastest church-planting countries in Southern Africa.