Podcast Series Archives: Global Disciple Builder

Welcome to the Global Disciple Builder! This podcast exists to create a global conversation among leaders from a variety of cultural and theological backgrounds on discipleship and leadership development. The views expressed in this podcast are solely the views of the individuals expressing them and may not always reflect the views of WDA. They are offered for the sake of dialogue and deeper understanding. We hope your life and ministry are enriched by these conversations!

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Graham Standish: Discerning Communities

Graham Standish is the pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople Pennsylvania. He is also an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh theological seminary and Tyndale theological seminary in Toronto. Graham is the author of several books including in God’s presence: encountering, experiencing, and embracing the holy and worship, humble leadership, and becoming a blessed church: forming a church of spiritual purpose, present, and power.

What fascinated me about Graham is the way he shepherded his own presbyterian congregation in discernment and a spiritual practices. He transitioned his church from a congregational model to a spirit led model in which everything from Bible studies to committee meetings are shaped not by Roberts rules of order, but by prayerful attentiveness to what the Spirit is saying and doing in every situation.

After stumbling accidentally across the presence of Jesus in healing patients at a psychiatric hospital where he served as a therapist, Graham enrolled in a PhD program at Duquesne University, where he studied Christian spirituality from Catholic, Protestant, charismatic, and contemplative traditions. His work and writing is permeated by a deeply Trinitarian theology and a simple confidence that God is at work in every situation and our job is simply to discern and cooperate with his movement.

For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:

Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com

Global Disciple Builder Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/

Worldwide Discipleship Association: www.disciplebuilding.org

Graham Standish: www.ngrahamstandish.org

Graham’s writings: www.amazon.com/N.-Graham-Standish/e/B000APLCY8/

Calvin Presbyterian Church: www.calvinchurchzelie.org/

Duquense University: www.duq.edu/

Tim Coons: www.giantsandpilgrims.com

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Tial Thanga: Simplicity

After his seminary education in the United States, Tial Thanga returned to his home country of Myanmar in the early 90’s, which at that time was under a military dictatorship. Since then, Tial has been instrumental in development of schools and churches throughout the country. In 1995, Tial started Reformed Seminary in Yangon.

 

Tial’s most notable featured is his good natured simplicity and the childlike curiosity he brings to his work developing the next generation of Christian leaders in Burma. I sat down with Tial in my 5th-story hotel room in Yangoon. We had just finished a week of discipleship training with some of his leaders and I wanted to hear more of his story as well as some of the unique opportunities and challenges of discipleship in a Buddhist Burmese context.

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Wade Ewing: Humility as a Change Agent

Wade Ewing is the US director of African Inland mission, an organization that has been reaching out to unreached people groups in East Africa for over a hundred years.

Wade carries a peacefulness and quiet resolve which make him winsome both as a Christ follower and as a leader. Through decades of ministry and organizational leadership from his start as an African bush pilot to his current role helping to shepherd an organizational culture, Wade has cultivated a good humored gentleness and genuine interest in the contributions of others.

I sat down with Wade in his office to hear more of his story and to understand why in his view, humility is the key to everything from developing leaders to changing a culture.

For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:

Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com

Global Disciple Builder on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/

Worldwide Discipleship Association: www.disciplebuilding.org

Africa Inland Mission: www.aimint.org

Tim Coons: www.giantsandpilgrims.com

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Alex and Julie Paniagua: Mobilizing Restored Missionaries

Alex and Julie Paniagua were until recently the Costa Rica directors of Operation Mobilization. OM is a truly global consortium of young-at-heart Jesus followers who share a passion for the unreached and underserved. Alex is a Costa Rica native with a big relational heart who blends in physically and culturally throughout the global south. Julie grew up in Mexico, the blond-headed child of American missionaries. Alex and Julie settled in Costa Rica and gathered a team around a vision to reach Costa Rica’s rural indigenous communities. They’ve been developing a rugged ministry outpost in the rural community of Talamanca to show Christ’s love to unreached people and to train young missionaries for work all over the world.

For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:

Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com

Global Disciple Builder on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/

Worldwide Discipleship Association: www.disciplebuilding.org

OM Costa Rica: www.om.org/en/country-profile/costa-rica

Tim Coons: www.giantsandpilgrims.com

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Elvatta Abraham: Perseverance in a Missionary Graveyard

 Known by some as the “graveyard of Missionaries”, Bihar is famously resistant to the gospel. But 30 Years after Elvatta Abraham first founded it, ECFC ministries is responsible for 4 schools, 2 orphanages, clean water projects, a bible school, and 1800 house churches across 5 states.

 

But success came slow to Abraham. It was 8 years before he saw a single convert. He suffered years of rejection from the community. Meanwhile, his family struggled on the edge of poverty and depression. His current ministry success is underpinned by decades of perseverance and resilient hope in unique promises which Abraham felt God gave him from the Bible.

 

For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:

Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com

Global Disciple Builder on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/

Worldwide Discipleship Association: www.disciplebuilding.org

ECFC Ministries: www.hopeindiamission.org

Arahdna Music: www.aradhnamusic.com

Haggai Institute: www.haggai-institute.com/

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