Discipling for Development

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Sofia, Bulgaria
Ministry Type:
Theological and Ministry Training

ECM Bulgaria is working in partnership with Navigators in their whole-life discipleship ministry, Discipling for Development (D4D).

Discipling for Development is:

A ministry of helping people in community to become all that God intends for them to be. It is a relational process, empowered by God, in which experienced disciplers assist the people of a community to grow in their ability to solve their own problems, to take control of their lives, and to reproduce this process in others. Through this process the thinking and behavior of the people/community become transformed in ways that result in the growth of the whole person (physical, psychological, spiritual) and improvement of the various aspects of their community (health, agriculture, water, relationships, etc.) for the glory of God.

Keeping things simple, it is apprenticing people and communities [Discipling] to become all that God intends for them to be [for Development].

The vision of the Bulgaria D4D team is to join God in his work of holistic reconciliation of His creation, so that He may be glorified. He has given us a vision to see Roma communities equipped to disciple one another in a way that leads to transformational change, and to see communities value every individual in the way God does.  

The key role of ECM missionaries, Andrew & Kate Blackwell, is to develop the team, and support, mentor and encourage local (Bulgarian/Roma) D4D staff as they work with Roma communities and ministry leaders.