The Anderson family has been invited to minister in Buckie, Scotland to Buckie Church of Christ, a non-denominational restoration movement church established over 150 years ago.
Our goal in sharing Christ with the people of northern Scotland is to make disciple-makers. To fulfill the Great Commission and follow the model of the Acts 2 church. Intentional discipleship through relationship-building is our focus in "making disciples who make disciples."
Scotland has a rich Christian heritage, but many have forgotten the message of Jesus, therefore we will be there to remind them of what they once knew (2 Peter 1.12).
OUR REPLICATION STRATEGY
Our strategy is Jesus' example and the example of the church as seen in the book of Acts. The small group strategy is to replicate the first century church, not just implement small groups for the sake of a new program or because it is a current trend. We want to see people grasp the truth of God's word, help them understand they have a part in God's plan, and then let them realize that part as they reach others for Christ.
Our main goal is to make disciples who make disciples, and to help build a church that plants churches. Because of the intentional relationship building I believe this cannot be effectively reached in less than five years, hence, our minimum commitment to being in-country.
Disciples are made through relationships; building a relationship first then by introducing people to Jesus. Then the discipleship process begins--helping them become committed to Christ and to grow spiritually. The final step is releasing them to begin the process with someone else, thereby becoming reproducible.
The measurements of success have to come in small steps. Rather than gauge progress with a number in attendance during services, I believe it is more accurate to see the replication of the discipleship process. Baptisms, small groups growing and dividing, disciples making disciples and, eventually, churches planting churches are all indicators of success in terms of the Kingdom.