1. The Stretcher – Recruit generational leaders
This first objective is where Rooftop Missions seeks and finds believers who are in places where their spiritual growth and movement is restricted: places with hostile governments and religions; places where believers are dependent on others for help, places where they’re trapped; and places where few try to go. When we discover these places, we run to help and offer assistance. We recruit these believers for the purpose of teaching, training, relationship building and development, and connect them with a team they can work with as well as depend on. These recruits have a sincere desire to fulfill God’s will, specifically in vocational Bible ministry.
In the recruiting phase, Rooftop Missions leverages an existing network of relationships with local churches and pastors in these difficult areas in order to ensure the right candidates apply for a position within our training program. Our application process is very thorough with multiple references being required, in addition to the other questionnaires candidates will need to fill out.
2. The House – Provide specialized training
This second objective is where Rooftop Missions’ heart is shown. We refuse to accept the notion that some countries are open and some are closed to the work of God through missions. God’s desire is not only that the whole world know His name but that all grow in a dynamic relationship with Him. So, since some countries are not akin to the more traditional method of mission leadership training for Gospel ministry, we bring them to a neighboring, politically friendly country to facilitate specialized training. Rooftop Missions brings them “through the roof to get into the house” where training and help takes place. Once in the neighboring country (the “house”), these believers are plugged into a qualified seminary for theological training, receive world class leadership training, and are plugged into an internship program with our partnering churches and ministries. There, they receive both practical ministry training and formal in-class teaching, lifelong relationships are built, all of which prepares them for ministry back home.
In this training process we are also excited to be able to put some valuable and effective tools in their hands. One of these, specifically, is training them through Bible Institute material on tablet computers. By integrating this technology into the training process they will be able to walk back into their home country with an entire library of resources! Once there, since they will be fluent in their use of this technology, they can continue the training process independently as they have opportunity. Gone are the days of needing to spend thousands of dollars and jumping through scores of logistical hoops to secure and import paperback books. Embracing the resources that God has made privy to us today gives us a huge advantage in furthering the Gospel in traditionally difficult places.
3. The Door – Release them to be effective spiritual leaders
This last step is where the excitement really builds. It is the accumulation of months and countless hours of work, prayer, and resources. The recruits are found, trained, and now connected back with the church they came from to begin the process of starting another church and/or becoming a more significant part of their church and its ministries.
At this point, Rooftop Missions team members continue following up, helping, and doing everything possible to ensure the safe, healthy, successful delivery and continued growth of a new church. Our end goal is seen in this step as these leaders begin to make an impact in a place where, previously, they had little or none.