TIL started small and is growing steadily by God’s grace. The vision for TIL is to be a replicating ministry unlike many others. Our vision is grand because our Lord Jesus Christ is able. I’d like to share the vision for making disciples with you below (Matt. 28:18-20).
What TIL would like to do is have a 7 day per week central location that supports the ministry with prayer and finances.
At that hub, our ministry wants to train Christians to do evangelism and discipleship through the context of biblical counseling. If we are helping lost people, we share the Good News with them and point them to Christ. If we are helping Christians, we are strengthening, encouraging, and supporting them through a difficult time so that they might be reconciled to Christ and restored to help others (Gal. 6:1).
From that hub, we would like to send out teams of biblical counselors to help churches to start biblical counseling ministries for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship. We would train the churches people in biblical counseling AND provide opportunities for them to observe and participate in team biblical counseling sessions that deal with real lives. In time, TIL would step away from the church and allow that church to have its own, thriving ministry.
We want to equip the saints to do the work of ministry. We are equipping leaders and challenging lay people to get involved in a unique TEAM biblical counseling setting.
One final piece that we have yet to do but plan to do in the near future is to establish evangelism and discipleship biblical counseling ministries utilizing the local church in FOREIGN countries (like Japan, China and Kenya for example). This is a missional vision that we have always had but not yet implemented due to financial constraints yet we are laying the foundation now to accomplish these goals.
It’s exciting to be a part of a growing ministry that honors the Lord and He alone is providing the blessings.
-Mark (thankful that He alone is producing His fruit through us!)