Two years ago, this coming February, Rod Mays, the executive pastor at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC asked me to do something special. Mitchell Road is a supporting church and we were at their annual missions conference. Rod had heard that my MTW role would entail new global models of missions deployment.
So what did Rod ask me to do? He asked me to internationalize The Fellows Initiative (TFI). TFI is a vocational ministry internship that about 30 churches in the US use to develop recent college graduates in the context of the local church. About half of the churches that use TFI are PCA and about half are Anglican. A good article to read about Fellows can be found here: G
Fellows Initiative -- By Faith article
Since that time I have been working to create opportunities for TFI to expand in key global cities around the world. I have contacted ministry partners in: Cape Town, South Africa; Bangalore, India; Brussels/Gent, Belgium; Kampala, Uganda; Istanbul, Turkey; Panama City, Panama; and, Monterrey, Mexico. Of those sites, I have visited Brussels/Gent, Cape Town, Istanbul, Kampala and Monterrey.
Presently sites in Mexico and Belgium seem to be the most ready to start a Fellows program. Last April I hosted a group of leaders from Monterrey and Brussels at a TFI conference in McLean, Virginia. I had visited both sites several times since that conference and I am hosting a second TFI vision conference in Monterrey this December.
Who will attend this conference? Belgian leaders will attend. Leaders from four different mission agencies will be there. Mexican and Peruvian leaders will be there. Missionaries from Panama City, Prague, London and Gent will be there. It will be a cross-agency, international event.
Next year we would expect to see at least one international program get underway with several others in the early formation stage. Please pray for this conference (December 9-11)!
Jud and Jan Lamos have been in global ministry for over 40 years -- not combined years -- but 40 sequential years together. They have lived in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas and now travel extensively to globalize Mission to the World's vision, values and goals. These blogs add special insight into their lives of service.