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How to Cast the Alongsiders Vision

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Alongsider International presents How to cast the Alongsiders Vision Hi, this is Lakhina. Today I’m going to show you how to use the Alongsiders Flipchart to share the vision of Alongsiders with a group of young Christians from a local church. Your flipchart might look like this or it might look different. You could also use a Powerpoint presentation or some other way of sharing the vision. The most important thing is to communicate the main messages and inspire the young people to become Alongsiders. The Cover Ask the group what they see on the cover and then explain the vision of Alongsiders. Here’s Craig to demonstrate sharing the vision using the front page In Matthew 28, Jesus commands his followers to go out into the world and make disciples. At the centre of this image you see a picture of the church. And for 2000 years, God’s plan for transforming society has been the local church. The only question is, is the local church engaged in the community? Are they making disciples as Jesus commanded them to do in Matthew 28? As we go to pastors, as we go to young people, we want to ask them directly Are you making disciples? Is your church a part of the transformation of the surrounding community? So the cover of this flipchart is what we use to cast that vision. Ask those questions, are you discipling? Are your people making disciples? And when that begins to happen, we begin to see lives being transformed. We begin to see children’s lives being touched and changed by Jesus, and the community seeing the Kingdom of God come on earth. So use this picture on the front of the flipchart to really cast the vision, before you get into the details of the benefits and commitments of Alongsiders. Ok, let’s hear from Lakhina about how to go through the inside pages of the flipchart. Page 1: Benefits for your church Ok, now we are ready to look inside the flipchart. The first page is designed to get the attention of the listeners, by talking about the benefits for their church and community. Remember to be interactive and ask them what they think the pictures are about. The first benefit is that young people in your church will be trained and equipped. We believe that if you don’t train people to disciple when they are young, they will surely not disciple when they are older. Through Alongsiders they will not only learn to disciple, but also all kinds of leadership skills, character development and life skills. The second benefit is that the young people in your church will have opportunities for fun activities together with others. Once a year we have a camp and there are regular opportunities for training through the year. The third benefit is that new members will join your church because you are reaching out to your neighbours. We see not only the children joining, but also very often their families join the church too. And finally, your community will begin to be transformed. If you want to reach your community for Jesus, you need to start somewhere, so why not start by investing in the life of one child each? Page 2: The 8 Commitments of an Alongsider This page shows the 8 commitments of an Alongsider. Just try to remember what each picture means and then over time you can expand on what you say. In the next flipchart which we use for Orientation we will take the young people through these 8 commitments in more depth. For now just mention them more briefly. Number 1. Alongsiders should take time to pray for their little brother or sister. Number 2. Alongsiders should visit their little brother or sister at least once a week. Number 3. Alongsiders should meet together as a group once a month. Number 4. Alongsiders should use the curriculum provided to teach their little brother or sister. Number 5. Alongsiders will have opportunities for further training and workshops. Number 6. Alongsiders should encourage and love their little brother or sister. Number 7. Alongsiders will be able to participate in the annual camp. Number 8. Alongsiders should invite their little brother or sister to church. Pages 3/4/5: Who can become a little brother or sister? OK, are you ready to teach the young people how to choose a little brother or sister? These next few pages show them what kind of child they should be looking for. Sometimes people ask if they can have more than one little brother or sister, and we tell them that in Alongsiders they can officially only have one little brother or sister at a time. But if you have a big heart and would like to unofficially disciple more than one child in the future, that’s OK. Little brothers and sisters should be orphaned, poor or vulnerable in some way. We know that God has a special concern about the poor and we want you to look out for a child who is struggling. It might not be the poorest child, but perhaps they are very lonely, or abused, or their parents are not home much. Ask God to show you a child who is vulnerable in your own community. Little brothers and sisters should be aged 5 to 15 years old and they should be at least 5 years younger than you. Little brothers and sisters should be the same gender as their Alongsider. Boys should choose boys and girls should choose girls. Little brothers and sisters cannot be related to their Alongsider. The reason for this is because you should already be caring for your own relatives. Of course, if you feel your relative needs an Alongsider, you can always introduce your relative to one of the other Alongsiders. Little brothers and sisters should not live further than 1 kilometer from their Alongsider. The closer the little brother or sister is to your house the better, because it will be easier to see them and spend time with them. If you can’t find anyone near your house, then perhaps there is someone near a place you go everyday like your school or workplace. The most important thing is that the child is someone you can easily see most days. Little brothers and sisters should usually not be a member of the church. From country to country this might be a little different depending on religious tension. But generally we are seeking to reach out to children who are not already part of the church. If you need to choose a child within the church, don’t choose the pastor’s kid. Choose a child whose parents are not Christians, or who is struggling in some way. Page 6: Who can become an Alongsider? OK so who can become an Alongsider? ? Firstly, Alongsiders must be committed Christians and a member of a local church. We only work through churches and we only work with Christian mentors. Alongsiders can be single or married. Alongsiders should be aged between 16 and 30 years old. If you have young people who are younger than 16 who want to be Alongsiders, tell them they need to wait and pray until they are 16. If they are a bit older than 30, that’s no problem. Alongsiders should be people with a good character and reputation. They should not be people who get drunk or take drugs or gamble or have other major problems in their life, because those problems need to be dealt with first. Alongsiders are not motivated by money but volunteer their time. They do not receive a salary.' Page 7: Steps to becoming an Alongsider So, if you’ve heard the vision and the commitments and you’d like to be an Alongsider There are 4 steps. Step 1 – Talk to your friends and the other people here today and form a group of at least 5 people Then choose a group leader. If you have more than 12 people, you could consider forming more than one group. If you don’t have enough people you could combine with another nearby church so you will have at least 5 people in your group. Step 2 – You will each need to ask your pastor to give permission by signing a form. This permission form says that the pastor believes you are a Christian of good character and they trust you to be an Alongsider. If you come from a big church and the pastor does not know you, you could get the youth pastor to sign. Step 3 – Now the fun part! You should spend time praying and asking God who He has chosen for you to walk alongside. Open your eyes and your heart to whoever God leads you to. Remember it should be a vulnerable child from your own community. If you need help finding someone, contact your pastor, youth leader or Alongsiders Coordinators. When you have chosen a little brother or sister you will need to talk to them, and talk to their parent or guardian to get permission. Step 4 – Finally, you’re ready to join. Complete the joining form and sign the Child Protection Policy. Then contact the Coordinator to come and officially register you with the App. Now you know how to share the vision of Alongsiders with a group of young people. You can also use this flipchart for sharing with pastors or others who are interested. And before long, you will have new groups of young people discipling and walking alongside vulnerable children.

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