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The goal of this study was to explore the current reality of the potential of the Church in Asia. This project will argue that what was once a mission field could, in this generation become one of the greatest mission forces in history. This thesis was tested in Cambodia, as over the last two decades church growth has been exponential. In recent years the ministry of Youth With A Mission in Battambang, Cambodia has trained and sent Khmer as long-term missionaries within Cambodia and to some of the most unreached nations.
Through an examination of Scripture, this study identifies character traits, integrity, and leadership development as keys for raising up apostolic leaders in Asia to release mission movements. Furthermore, biblical exegesis argues that missional hubs like a modern day “Antioch” or “Ephesus” need to become strategic sending centers for the Church in Asia. To test this hypothesis a literature review of resources about mission movements was conducted that produced incredible insight into multiplying leaders, specifically in the context of Asia and with the ability to be replicated rapidly.
This project concludes with ministry practice and implementation that identifies a field-tested model proven with success over recent years through pioneering teams sent out from YWAM Battambang. The new ministry project has specific goals that will create a leadership pipeline to empower and release teams to pioneer into unreached provinces in Cambodia and beyond. This project commends the larger church in Asia to partner across denominational and organizational boundaries, to join with God’s desire to see an apostolic mission movement of Asians raised up and released that will transform Cambodia and the continent of Asia and beyond in this generation.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Dr. Ron Smith
Asia, Christian leadership, Missions
Missions and World Christianity
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Gustafson, Garth D., "Multiplying Apostolic Mission Movements in Cambodia and Asia: A Strategy for Equipping and Empowering Leaders through Training and Coaching" (2019). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 366.