What We’re About
The Three Measures
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” Matthew 13:33
The Kingdom of God is revolutionary and its reach is unlimited. When present in a community, it should not simply transform a part, but should
permeate every aspect of that society. Every community is made up of three measures:
(1) the physical, (2) the social and (3) the spiritual.
Local Ownership & Initiative
Three Measures is committed to see sustainable programs started. As far as possible Namibians must have ownership over any programs started. Three Measures will seek to organize and participate with members of a community in assessing their needs and planning their actions. Once the
community has taken initiative to begin a project, Three Measures will assist them in fulfilling those plans through training and consultation.
There may be cases in which Three Measures will initiate a program, in these cases there must be a clear exit strategy in place before the project commences.
The Restoration plea is a call for the church to get back to New Testament Christianity; a laying aside of the doctrines and traditions that have led the people of God away from what it was in the beginning and a turning to the Word of God as the only basis of our faith.
We believe that the Gospel message is a simple message, one that was originally entrusted to (and understood by) average and basically uneducated men. Three Measures is committed to bringing the Gospel only; not our own cultural version of it, littered by man-made traditions and/or creeds. In order to be successful we must teach local Christians to study the Bible for themselves and to simply do what it says.
Three Measures is a church planting/community development ministry targeting the rural, underprivileged and unreached areas of Namibia. Our vision for community development is to enable local Christians to transform their communities physically, socially and spiritually. In addition to development, Three Measures has a focus on helping Namibians begin New Testament based churches.
Three Measures will spend 5 years working closely with other Youth With A Mission (YWAM) ministries in the Damara location of Katutura. During this time we plan to implement a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) program as the basis for our community development program. Through CHE, we plan to:
- Help organize a committee of community members to identify local needs, plan solutions and manage projects.
- Provide training for local leaders who will then train others in the community.
- Help organize locals to form house churches for spiritual development.
Outside of CHE, we intend to meet with young Christians on a regular basis. These Christians will be discipled and trained to begin house churches. Our house church model will be roughly based on Ralph Neighbour’s cell model.
During our first year, Three Measures will plan 3 Restoration Seminars in or around Opuwo for rural pastors in the Kunene region. These seminars will be the beginning of our community development efforts in the region.