The Switchboard Mission, part 3

This post is part of a week-long series taking a deeper look at the mission of Switchboard. Put simply: What does Switchboard do? We are going to break it down, point-by-point. (Spoiler alert: we didn’t come up with this idea on our own.) This is Part 3. (Click here to see Part 1 and Part 2.)

And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2, ESV)

If Acts 14:20-23 gives us a macro look at Paul’s missionary methods (see yesterday’s post), then 2 Timothy 2:2 shows us what Paul’s methodology looked like at the micro level. How did Paul equip and train indigenous leaders to follow Christ and lead the Church? One word: discipleship. What is discipleship? To Paul, it was simply investing the gospel truths learned from life experiences and from God’s word into the life of another. 

Paul’s expectation was that every disciple he made would make other disciples. Paul expected reproduction. It is a strategy of multiplication. Paul had poured his life into Timothy, who would invest into the faithful men around him, who would then make disciples of others. In this way, the growth and expansion of the Church was not by addition but by multiplication, as one became two became four became eight became sixteen and so on.

We at Switchboard Missions want to be to these indigenous leaders around the world as Paul was to the Roman world in his day. He lived out the Great Commission each day, making disciples wherever he found himself at any given moment. The apostle spent his life multiplying and teaching others to do the same. Our mission is to teach and train those across the globe to invest their lives for discipleship and to live with a strategy of multiplication.