At the end of September, I had the privilege of attending a Jesus.net conference in Poland with my team leader, Johan Myburgh. We had 4 days in Poland – 3 days attending the conference and 1 day to connect with the Jesus.net team. At the conference I discovered I had the wrong expectation of what I was going to learn there. I shared with you that I was planning to learn about evangelism and discipleship through the platform of Jesus.net. What I did learn was about discipleship, focusing on volunteers. The focus of the conference was to encourage, connect and empower their current and new volunteers. The theme was “In Jesus, Through Jesus and for Jesus”. I spent the 3 days asking questions to learn how and why their ministry tool is working so well in Poland.
What I learned was that they have been using the Jesus.net platform in Poland for the past 9 years. They have over 150 active volunteers. This conference happens yearly. Their volunteers go through a 6-month training online to become an e-coach. An e-coach is a person that helps people through the variety of course material, in other words discipling. There is a lot more that I could say, but these points helped with the basic perspective.
The day after the conference was the most valuable for me. We visited DEOrecordings – a company that has adopted Jesus.net as one of their strategies. We spent 3 hours with Norbert – a CCC staff member in Poland who focuses on Jesus.net, and Philip, a DEOrecordings staff member who is a software developer for Jesus.net. They showed us the platform from an e-coach and administrator’s perspective and what we can do through this platform. The best way for me to explain how I felt was blown away. Below is a video of me visiting DEOrecordings and sharing my excitement with you.
What are my next steps?
- I am going to start with the Polish e-coach training, and it should take me 4 to 6 months to complete.
- I am going to work through our course material on our own site called KnowingGod.co.za so I know what we share, so I can coach others.
- The Netherlands team also has e-coach training, which can be completed in 1 month. I will also do this training.
I will keep you informed as to when we will officially launch our Jesus.net platform so you can check it out.
Thank you for sending me and thank you for your prayers. May you have a blessed day.