Digital discipleship flourishes in Iraq

By November 4, 2021

Iraq (MNN) — Discipleship seeds planted in March are beginning to bear fruit in Iraq.

MENA Leadership Center held a unique course for Iraqi leaders this spring. “There were 40 leaders across several denominations, everything from Roman Catholic to Missionary Alliance,” CEO Jennifer Murff says.

“They all gathered to learn how to create a digital Church.”

Leaders from each denomination could apply the material differently according to their traditions. A central theme brought participants together.

“These ministry leaders took three days out of their schedules not just to learn how to broadcast an online service,” Murff says, “but how to build an intentional online community that provides worship, ministry, fellowship, and discipleship, so that the church can be effective.”

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What happened in the eight months since MLC held its training course? In one example, “The Alliance churches not only took the content, but they started building their online digital church,” Muff says.

“The Alliance churches meet the practical needs of people on the ground. But even more than that, they’re meeting the spiritual needs through discipleship groups and small groups.”

It’s part of a Holy Spirit movement sweeping Iraq. “We see a lot of fruit come out of Baghdad, almost as if revival’s beginning to happen; churches are growing,” Murff says.

“We’re seeing God take a land that was desolate and put life into it.”

Use prompts listed alongside this article to guide your prayers for Iraq.

“The (Iraqi) Church is so eager to reach their people for Jesus. Pray that God gives the Church creativity and wisdom; they are really in a battleground,” Murff requests.

 

 

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