A Vision for Regional SGC Centers
It is the goal of SGC to partner with mission organizations to establish and operate regional SGC centers.
A Regional SGC Center
A Regional SGC Center serves a region of the world, which may be a nation or several nations. Courses in the language(s) of the region are stocked. Local printing eliminates the cost of shipping and customs fees, besides lowering the cost of the printing itself.
The center offers training in the use of the courses, both onsite and for groups elsewhere who request it.
- A training video is made available online.
- A website in the appropriate language is developed.
- A representative may travel throughout the country introducing the courses to churches and organizations.
The center is “under the wing” of a ministry that is well-established in the country. This ministry shares the vision of SGC and values the opportunity to use and represent the courses. This ministry provides an office and staff members.
The process is designed with the end goal in mind.
- We do not want to be simply another foreign mission offering unsolicited services to the churches in a country.
- We do not want to establish a facility and personnel that will be dependent on SGC for direction and funding.
- We do not want SGC to be the private program of one church association in the country.
Therefore, SGC looks for a church association, Bible institute, or other organization in the country that becomes the host for the program. Because they benefit from the program, they provide an office and personnel.
The courses are used immediately by the association of churches and presented to other churches. It is necessary that the organization share the vision of offering the courses to all churches.
In some cases, SGC may send a missionary to help establish the center. That would not be necessary in cases where someone involved in the target country is already familiar with SGC and available to organize the center.
If a missionary is sent for the purpose of planting a center, the time period should be one or two years. At the end of that time, the center should have:
- trained, visionary representatives;
- several courses in print and an ongoing process to produce the others; and
- relationships with organizations that value and use the training.
Financial support for the missionary could come from personal contacts and a missionary-sending organization.
Missionary and Pastor Training
On many historic mission fields are hundreds of churches with evangelistic zeal. A strategy for reaching the unreached fields is to equip the people who have a heart for the Great Commission in countries such as:
- Honduras, and
- the Philippines.
An SGC center would not recruit potential missionaries and pastors in the target country to work for SGC. It would make training available for local churches and other institutions who would train and send workers.
SGC would not be responsible for planting churches or supervising missionaries.
The price of the courses can be set to cover the cost of local printing. However, in most countries, sales to the public at normal prices will be relatively few because of the poverty.
To get the courses widely used while covering the costs, we should form relationships with organizations that raise the money to provide courses to their own churches.
It would be possible for a ministry to operate a training institute with the courses. The courses could be taught both onsite and by extension.
The institute could give either an SGC certificate or a certificate of their own and set their own requirements, including the amount of residency and class time. The qualifications of teachers would be flexible, and should depend more on ability than academic credentials.
Missionary professors could be brought in occasionally, but the program would not depend on them.
Ultimate Goal of the SGC Center
The ultimate goal could be described at three levels of success: ideal success, moderate success, and minimal success. These goals do not assume the existence of an institute.
- Ideal Success: the courses create a demand that eventually sustains the cost. Customers buy enough courses at a normal price so that subsidies from foreign missions are no longer necessary. The courses become the official training of several strong nationally-based church associations.
- Moderate Success: the courses are continuously subsidized by various mission organizations for their church associations and are also purchased by various individual churches and ministries. They continue to spread, with possible nationwide impact.
- Minimal Success: courses are translated and printed, and various organizations use them. When foreign mission organizations cease to subsidize, the center may close, but Christian workers have been developed, and the courses continue to be used and spread. Local institutes and church programs based on the courses continue.
- Evaluation: If an SGC center were to accomplish even minimal success, it would be worthwhile. Ministry training accomplishes lasting good even if the original program is not sustained forever.
Moderate or ideal success is not unrealistic. We should launch the development of local centers with the concept of ideal success as our guide.