Community Learning Centers (CLCs)
Community Learning Centers (CLC) have changed the playing field and the rules of engagement for leadership development. The simple philosophy of the CLC is easily understood. Local leaders are trained to act as change agents, use the CLC programs to do good to all men (Gal 6:10), and to locate the ‘Man of Peace’ (LK 10:5 & Matt 10:11) within their local communities. By meeting the needs in these communities and solving local problems, the CLC leaders acquire a respectable position in the community, always with the objective to advance the Kingdom.
Community Learning Centers (CLC) are the embodiment of the holistic ministry approach described in Luke 10:1-9. The goals of each CLC are to access the community, discover the man of peace (Luke 10:5), provide resources, implement service ministry opportunities that are locally relevant, and meet the needs of people where they live. When needs are being met, the gospel of the Kingdom finds fertile soil, and the CLC leaders can begin the process of disciple making and multiplication. Using the CLC approach, the gospel has been planted in places that were heretofore barren ground.
The CLC method is simple and reproducible. The process is as follows:
1. The CLC leader and CLC assistant go together 2x2 to an unreached village, town or place (Luke 10:1). Before going, they have prepared for their journey by obeying the precepts in Luke 10:2-4.
2. The CLC team arrives at their appointed location, and identifies a place to rent or lease. This becomes the CLC “base camp”.
3. The CLC team surveys and assesses the community for unmet or marginally met needs.
4. The CLC team then establishes training, education, and other programs that will address the needs of that particular community. They reach out to community leaders to see if government assistance is available for any of these programs.
5. As the CLC team begins to implement these programs, doors are opened, and men and women of peace are drawn to the CLC.
6. Men and Women of Peace are identified. Relationships are established. Discipleship begins. (Luke 10:5-8)
7. The person of peace becomes our “Lydia” in this local community (Acts 16:11-15). The man or woman of peace and his/her family are trained to reproduce - to make more disciples who will make more disciples. A grass roots multiplication process begins in that community.
8. CLC’s are a living example of Luke 10:9 – “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you”.
The people groups that are being served/targeted are the 100 million Bhojpuri, 30 million Awadhi, 30 million Magahi and 20 million Maithili residing in North India. These people groups are located in over 172,000 villages and urban communities. This is the heartland of India, and the region is characterized by political unrest, illiteracy, poverty, and disease. Our goal is to “reach the unreached” in all 172,000 villages in this area of the world.
The Community Learning Centers strategy has already been successful, but God is still at work! CLC’s will be the pathway for APII to achieve our vision – to reach 30 million new believers in this area of the world by 2018.
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