GOD is constantly at work, showing CMM areas we need to branch out and serve.
WOMEN COACHING WOMEN
CMM certified 3 women coaches in 2018. This is a new service we are promoting for women in ministry who deserve coaching. One of our Gospel Coaches, Robin, says:
"Gospel Coaching has opened opportunities for me to use the gifts God has given me in exhortation and shepherding, that I may encourage women in ministry and leadership to walk in the good works God has prepared in advance for them to do (Ephesians 2:10)."
This is pioneering work, so please be in prayer for us. If you know a woman who we can serve through Gospel Coaching, please contact us and we will get in touch.
The pastor said, “Having been a CMM church planting coach for many years, I understood the value of C.R.O.S.S coaching, but was unaware that it could be applied on a broader level in the local church. We decided to partner with CMM.
“Tom Wood came and kicked off the process with a Gospel Coaching Workshop where 31 of our leaders were in attendance. This included our Elder Management Team, Elder Shepherding Team, Deacons, and key women leaders. These leaders left with a deeper awareness of the gospel and an appreciation for ‘gospelling’ one another.
“We are integrating Gospel Coaching into all our relationships, starting with our leaders and then pushed out into every ministry. We are also planning to use Gospelling Life Together's core value in our community groups. At this point one of our elders is serving as our Coaching Catalyst and is being coached by a CMM Gospel Coach. Our Coach Catalyst will in turn coach 5 leaders who represent strategic ministries. We are still early in the process, but are very encouraged by what we believe God will do, and Lord willing I will be report back in coming years how we have seen God work in ways that were far beyond anything we could ask or imagine.”
CMM’s goal is to raise $75,000 through December 31st to support our efforts in church renewal and church planting in the United States. Would you consider making a donation today?
Kruger de Kock from Canada Water Church in London, England recently sent CMM the following update:
"With your Thanksgiving around the corner, I’ve been thinking about how thankful I am to have known you all these years. I can honestly say that, humanly speaking, Canada Water Church would not have existed without your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
"You have been part of a larger Gospel network that has held my head above the water over many years and my heart warm to the Gospel in so many ways.
"I thought I’d briefly run you by some of the amazing things the Lord has been doing in and through us. I hope this will encourage you to see how He is building his church here.
"To learn how better to glorify God we’ve spent considerable time studying how and why to worship God. We’ve changed our liturgy to be both more accessible to newcomers while being intentionally aligned to our heritage in the reformed faith. It’s been remarkable to see how positively a post-Christian secular culture reacted to a church full of young people reciting ancient creeds, studying the 10 Commandments, regularly celebrating the Lord’s Supper and often baptising babies. On the whole, the Lord’s day worship with the Gospel blazing at its centre has been the highlight of the year!
"We’ve also been pursuing growing in grace. This theme has shaped much of my preaching and teaching. I’ve had to grow a thick skin as it was suggested that we begin to discuss the sermon passage in our weekly Bible studies. But to my surprise, it wasn’t a time to criticise the minister’s sermon, but rather a time to plant the word deep in us. It’s been good for my preaching as well.
"Giving our lives away is always going to be a hard sell but we’ve decided to start with the leaders in the church. As elders, we had a retreat where confession of sin was at the heart of our time together. When we came back we confessed our shortcoming to the membership and asked them to join us in a process of renewal and giving ourselves. I am so thankful for this but I know this is only the beginning.
"I have realized that what we’re doing here is in the hands of a God who can do so much more than we can imagine."
CMM’s goal is to raise $75,000 through December 31st to support our efforts to spread the Gospel in all parts of the world and give support to leaders like Kruger. Would you consider making a donation today?
Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!