Efforts to plant 40 churches in the next two years are under way after 50 people attended Thailand's first Church Planters Boot Camp in late March.
The Thai A/G is entering a time of expansion with a new emphasis on church planting. Since the Fellowship began 32 years ago, 75 churches have been planted. Ten were started last year.
General Superintendent Anuparp Wichitnantana wants church planting to be central to all their plans and is encouraging a goal of establishing a church in each area in the next 15 years. "We see an openness to the work of the Spirit, which is vital for our country," Wichitnantana said.
Attendance at the seminar was required for prospective church planters. The intense five-day meeting scheduled time for work sessions that built teamwork and camaraderie and helped students strategize together. Topics included setting goals, mission statements, the early stages of church development and worship styles.
"Thailand is a Buddhist nation," said Mark Durene, A/G missionary and church planter. "Everyone in the Thai A/G has a growing excitement that this nation will experience a spiritual turnaround, and we will reap a great harvest. The church growth is the fruit of 10 years of intense prayer."