Compelled by Christ’s love for Africa’s Unreached People Groups, TIMO is a two-year program that exists to plant reproducing churches by training gospel-centred teams from the global church.
TIMO (pronounced ‘team-o’) is Training In Ministry Outreach. It is a two-year program that trains new cross-cultural workers from around the world to do ministry in Africa. Joining TIMO, you’ll be part of a team of cross-cultural workers which has an experienced couple serving as team leaders. With a common goal of sharing Christ, you’ll live together as learners among an unreached people group. As a team member you’ll learn how to learn a language, then put into practice what you learned. You’ll discover methods of outreach—creative ways to reach out Christ’s love in word and deed. Every day you’ll put into practice what you learn—theory will be fleshed out as you live and interact with your host people group. Oh! Did we mention homework? Yes, TIMO has required reading and there will be papers to write. All of this is an integral part of building a solid foundation for a lifetime of ministry.
Compelled by Christ’s love for Africa’s Unreached People Groups, TIMO exists to plant reproducing churches by training gospel-centered teams from the global church.
What motivates us? It is Christ’s love, made clear in the gospel that compels us to participate in the mission of God for His glory. And so, we train people to plant churches among the unreached. These three priorities are seared into our souls because of Christ’s love for us and for the unreached.
There are over 900 identified unreached people groups in Africa alone. We are committed to doing whatever we can to provide access to the gospel for those who have the least opportunity of hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.
This is why we exist. We are committed to the planting of new churches. To plant means to show up, to learn, work the spiritual ground, till the soil, plant the seeds, water the seeds and watch Jesus do his miracle of creating new life. We are committed to being faithful to our task of making disciples who make disciples who make disciples, and to catalysing this work where others will carry it on.
A plant that does not reproduce is a plant that is dying. We want to see churches that plant churches that plant churches. We long for gospel centered, missional communities to dot the landscape of Africa and to be a vibrant part of the global church, sent from Africa to their neighbors and to the world.
Training new cross cultural workers is integral to seeing churches planted among the unreached people groups of Africa. We train new workers’ heads, hearts and hands to serve faithfully and effectively in the harvest field.
The gospel is the center of all that we do and all that we are. We have nothing worth sharing with anyone without it. At our core, the gospel saves us, transforms us, enables us to love God and neighbor and motivates us to mission as individuals and as teams.
TIMO is about teams. Teamship is one of our values. A team is a small number of people with complementary gifts who are committed to each other, a common purpose, and a set of values to live by. A healthy team holds each other accountable to these commonly held beliefs.
Jesus’ church is a global church. Our team members and team leaders come from everywhere and anywhere in the world, serving together for the sake of the unreached of Africa. We are committed to forming new partnerships with people from the global church, especially among our African brothers and sisters. We are committed to serving along side and learning from all of these global partners.
If you are interested in joining a TIMO team or would like more information, please feel free to contact us using the form below.
Each TIMO team is unique in how they approach their outreach, but all hold to these 12 core values…