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Brian Jose reports on the Radstock Academy church planter training taking place this month in Durres Albania.
Church planter and pastor Alan Giles (pictured top left) from Radstock network church Ekklesia HD in Apple Valley, California read the book of Acts while deployed at sea during his time in the US Navy. "Once I read Acts and couldn't get the concept of churches helping churches plant more churches around the world out of my mind. My desire for years has been to pastor a church that has the privilege and honor of living out the book of Acts in the 21st Century." As one of the four main instructors at the Radstock Church Planters Academy, he is seeing his dream come to pass.
Five people from Kiev, Ukraine and two Albanians (pictured above) are meeting daily in Durrës, Albania for four weeks for intensive instruction in starting and leading new churches. Ten Radstock churches from Albania, Ukraine, the UK, and the USA have provided instructors, interpreters, facilities, finance, and, of course, delegates.
What does their day look like?: Morning classes, lunch together and afternoons in the cafe talking about real life church planting from experienced practitioners. Topics range from biblical overview of mission and the gospel, to strategy and planning, teamwork, personal character development, spiritual warfare and more. This is what fills the minds and hearts of the “students” who will all be involved in church planting immediately after the Academy finishes on June 9.
Plans are already forming for the next one — word has begun to spread around Ukraine about the benefits of being a part of it.
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