Celebrating Starting Over

Recently, followers of Ta Ethne have read posts of our impending relocation. While details are still being worked out, the opportunity we have to expand our ministry is something to be celebrated. Our partners know of the tremendous changes that have already taken place in the last 10 months. When we founded this ministry in 1995 under the name Discernment Ministries it quickly flourished as we made audio bible studies and personal investigative bible studies available worldwide. In 2004 we attempted an ambitious expansion that unfortunately failed – the launching of the short lived Montana Institute of Theology. While we had overseas students who enrolled and took classes over the internet, local classes never developed. We had the classroom space donated, qualified teachers volunteered (many of them experts in their field) but whether the timing was wrong or for other reasons only God knows the venture failed.
In 2005 we turned our attention to training church leaders overseas, primarily in SE Asia, and the response was overwhelming. To this day we have more requests to come and hold training seminars than we can financially do. God has blessed us tremendously in developing long term relationships flourish and churches started across the globe that we have had a part (albeit small) in.
In 2010 we began writing books to complement our bible studies, and dedicated ourselves to using any proceeds to fund overseas trips. To make sure we didn’t get prideful over money, we also promised to give away two books free for every one we sold. As God has blessed, we have given away over 2,500 books to Christians all across the world via e-books. Each month we place a resource free on Kindle for people to download as well.
In 2012 we re-launched under the name Ta Ethne to reflect our growing involvement in the world, among all peoples. Our ministry has followers from each inhabited continent and many in countries where Christianity is oppressed and afflicted. Almost 100 countries are represented among our correspondence. Truly we are reaching across the globe and that is due to the power of God.
Now, in 2013, we are relocating to the eastern US, where we will be closer to international airports, which will reduce costs for trips and allow us to speak to more churches. While Montana has been very conducive to allowing us the solitude to work on projects, it is quite a bit isolated in other regards. Many churches and people have requested training seminars but the travel costs have been prohibitive. With a relocation, we can be better stewards and reach even more people.
We are celebrating this time, even though it is stressful and busy. To see how God has grown the ministry over the years is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Only He could have opened the doors for us. Just since Easter, we have ministered to leaders from Peru to Korea, Angola to Latvia. How wonderful to see God bless us and direct us.
About the one failure, the short lived Bible institute? It isn’t completely a failure. It may be in a short while that it becomes a web institute to be accessible to even more people than we could ever have dreamed. God takes our mistakes, teaches us lessons and directs us in His will. What a gracious and merciful God we serve. Celebrate with us as we plan for even greater things in His service.

Book Distributors Wanted

Want to help Ta Ethne distribute resources? We are looking for partners to help us do just that. We can have our books drop shipped to your location for you to distribute. The program works like this – you order the amount of books desired from us at a discounted price, usually $5 USD per book. These books are delivered to you and you can distribute them to churches, individuals, retailers, etc.. We do allow you to re-sale the books as long as you do not charge more than $10 USD for them. The goal isn’t to turn a profit, but to distribute the resources. That said, a small amount of of earnings for your time and expense is allowable. All 5 of our books are available under this program, Is Jesus Enough?, both English and Chinese versions, A Heart Hungry to Worship,40 Days of Praise: A Hymn Devotional, and The Quest: Changing a Church’s DNA from missions-minded to missions-active
Contact us at taethne@outlook.com for more information on our distribution program.

A Look Ahead To 2013

The success God has given us in 2012 has increased our anticipation for what He will allow us to do in 2013. With His help, we have lots of projects planned for the coming year. Trips to China (to work with church leaders) and possibly India (to work with the Victory Baptist Association) are in the planning stages. New resources, such as a personal Bible study on the book of Jude, a study guide for an expanded version of Is Jesus Enough?, and the completion of Consequences are in the works. There has been an increased interest in our seminar, Islam and the Future, and that will continue to be offered. People in over 60 countries have logged on to follow us in the 6 months we have operated Ta Ethne. We hope to expand our global presence even further.
We continue to do all of this by trusting in God to meet our needs. No one who works for us takes a salary, everyone volunteers their time and money. We give away hundreds of books and other resources because of the generosity of donors. Those resources we sell fund mission trips to support national church leaders. We are looking to raise $5000 USD for the trips to China and India. Would you pray that God would supply our needs? If He leads you to do so, would you consider a donation through Paypal on our website, http://www.discernmentministries.webs.com or by purchasing our books or audio resources?
Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to share God’s glory across the world.

Preface to The Quest: Changing a Church’s Culture From Missions-minded to Missions-active

A prominent Christian author makes the statement, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” (Piper, 1993) Another Christian author rebuts with the assertation that, “Actually missions exists because true worship does.” (Blue, 2001) Both of these statements are true. The need for missions exists because there are people in the world who do not worship Jesus Christ as Lord and the response to reach these people with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ comes from those who already worship Him.

As believers mature spiritually, the realization of Christ’s desire for all His children to be ambassadors for Him brings them into a crisis point. Will they remain inwardly focused on their growth as a follower of Jesus Christ or will they focus outward toward those who have yet to become children of God? The answer to this question has enormous consequences for both individual Christians and churches because churches, made up of individual Christians, reflect their constituents. Just as there is a level of spiritual maturity one cannot rise above until they have experienced leading a person to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, there is a level of spiritual growth in a church that will not be broached until the church is focused on reaching the world for their Master. A church made up of inward looking members will primarily exist for itself. A church made up of outwardly focused individuals will focus beyond their four walls.

Moving a church from being inwardly focused to being missions-minded and eventually missions-active should be the goal of her leaders. This book will explore how to move a church from being missions-minded (or missions-aware) to missions-active.

 

The Quest is available in print or Kindle from Amazon.com or http://www.discernmentministries.webs.com