Every Seventh–day Adventist local church across the world is invited to launch this ongoing, culture-changing, personal and public evangelism strategy, which includes holding evangelistic reaping meetings in 2024-2025.
How to Participate
Review the Global TMI strategy
Create your 2024-2025 Disciple-Making Evangelism Plan
Secure church board approval and begin implementing your plans
2024-2025 Disciple-Making Evangelism Plan
Global TMI Strategy
Preliminary: Revive and Equip Church Members
- Emphasize spiritual revival
- Establish an interest review process
- Provide personal evangelism training
- Prepare: Health and Friendship-Building Ministries
- Plant: Literature, Media, and Invitation Ministries
- Cultivate: Bible Study Ministry
- Harvest: Evangelistic Reaping Meetings
- Preserve: New Member Discipleship Training
Prepare: Health and Friendship Building Ministries
Prepare the soil of the heart
The first phase in the disciple-making process is to PREPARE the soil of the heart. When we come close to people in friendship and service, we show that we care and gain their confidence. Ministering to people’s practical needs with kindness and compassion prepares their hearts to receive the truth of the gospel.Learn More
Plant: Literature, Media and Invitation Ministries
Plant seeds of truth
After preparing the soil with friendship and service, the next phase of the disciple-making process is to invite people to consider spiritual truth. This can be accomplished by sharing literature or media, by offering Bible studies, or by inviting people to church services and events.Learn More
Cultivate: Bible Study Ministry
Cultivate Spiritual Interest
After planting the seed of God’s Word, the next phase in the disciple-making process is to CULTIVATE the growing spiritual interest. This is one of the longest and most labor-intensive parts of the disciple-making process. It is best accomplished by engaging in full-message Bible studies while providing friendship, guidance, and spiritual support.Learn More
Harvest: Evangelistic Meetings
Harvest Decisions for Christ and Baptism
After cultivating interests with Bible studies, it is time to reap a HARVEST of spiritual decisions that culminate in baptism. Full-grown wheat is only a blessing when someone gathers the harvest. In the same way, we are counseled to make appeals to those studying Bible truth, urging them to follow Christ and the light revealed to them.Learn More
Preserve: New Member Discipleship Training
Preserve the Harvest
After the joy of the harvest, we must not relax our disciple-making efforts. Jesus called us to make disciples, not mere members. To do so requires that we PRESERVE the harvest through nurture and training after baptism. For the disciple-making process to result in multiplication, we must teach newly baptized church members how to labor for souls.Learn More
- 00. Overview
- 01. Prepare
- 02. Plant
- 03. Cultivate
- 04. Harvest
- 05. Preserve
Frequently Asked Questions
For administrators, pastors, and members
Global TMI is a powerful tool that can affirm local churches in areas where their disciple-making process is strong and identify areas that need to be improved or launched. It provides a basis for church boards to evaluate, discuss, and fine-tune their disciple-making plans. It helps church boards achieve their most important task of having “an active, ongoing discipleship plan in place, which includes both spiritual nurture and outreach ministries” (Church Manual, p. 137).
Global TMI can help strengthen the evangelistic goals in your territory by providing an exciting worldwide initiative for your churches to unite behind. The strategy and resources can inspire local churches in your region to sharpen their evangelistic plans and improve retention rates. The Global TMI planning form also provides a framework that can be used by churches to report their evangelistic plans and results, and to better track disciple-making activity and measure growth.
The key elements of the Global TMI strategy can all be found in the Church Manual. But organizing them into one “active, ongoing discipleship plan” (p. 137) framework for local churches provides a helpful way for administrators to share their own initiatives in the same local context. For instance, “Comprehensive Health” or “Compassion” initiatives can be explained as aiding local churches in the essential PREPARE ministries of the Global TMI strategy. The “Missionary Book of the Year” can be promoted as a benefit to the local church’s essential PLANT ministries. “Nurture and Retention” initiatives can be promoted as valuable assets for each church’s essential PRESERVE ministries. The Global TMI disciple-making framework gives administrators a way to communicate initiatives so that local churches will see their benefit and importance, rather than viewing them as mere add-ons to their existing plans. Global TMI makes the initiatives and resources of the higher levels of the organization more relevant to local churches.
That’s great! We expect that many divisions, unions, conferences, and local churches are already working on plans for 2024-2025. Global TMI is not itself a plan, but a framework that helps all our plans to be comprehensive, active, and ongoing. This framework includes three preliminary steps to revive and equip your church and five essential ministry areas for every phase of disciple-making. Lay out your existing plans using the blank planning form. You can use the sample church form as a helpful reference. Then, consider these questions:
- Is there any preliminary step or essential ministry area that is either not present at all or not very active in your plans?
- Is there any essential ministry area that consists only of activities and events, but no ongoing structure (leadership personnel, budget, resources, annual plans)?
- Do your plans include holding evangelistic reaping meetings in either a traditional, seminar, or small group format in 2024-2025?
If the answer to the first two questions is no, and the answer to the third question is yes, then you are ready to participate in Global TMI! Praise the Lord! If not, you can use the Global TMI framework to enhance your plans to be even more effective, and to unite with your sister churches around the world in launching a global disciple-making strategy.
In order for the Global TMI initiative to reach local churches and their members, it must be given strong communication and support at every level of the organization. Divisions, unions, and conferences are encouraged to utilize every platform possible to create awareness and promotion of Global TMI in their territories. Utilize meetings of administrators, church publications, social media channels, camp meetings, and more.
Perhaps most significantly, Global TMI must be communicated by leaders at the conference or mission level to every pastor around the world. The Global TMI Church Planner is a resource that can be printed by a local field in multiple languages and provided to every pastor. Then, by requesting that every church submit its plans to the local conference or mission, using the simple Global TMI Planning Form, we can gain the highest level of participation—with a goal of Total Member Involvement.
Imagine every church around the world, not only holding evangelistic reaping meetings, but also establishing ministries that meet needs, find spiritual interests, develop interests, and train new workers after baptism. Every division, union, and conference is encouraged to use their influence and means to involve as many churches as possible in Global TMI.
Yes! If you have one or more pastors or church members willing to speak for an evangelistic reaping meeting, you may want to consider several series of sermons and presentation slides available on our resource page under Harvest resources.
You may also consider utilizing YouTube to stream a single speaker to numerous local churches and other venues throughout your territory. Pastor Mark Finley recently conducted a successful effort using YouTube in China, where there have been over 10 million downloads of his messages.
Another very good option is a new series of 18 presentations by Pastor Doug Batchelor of Amazing Facts entitled, Prophecy Odyssey. This series will be streamed from New York City September 20 to October 5, 2024. Wherever you are in the world, you can hold meetings in homes, churches, or other venues to view Pastor Batchelor’s messages in one of five major languages. They can be viewed live or on time delay, and there will be new lessons, handbills, and artwork available for free download. Go to prophecyodyssey.com for more information.
Yes! Please review the Resources page for helpful materials from nearly every department of the church. There you can find many sharing and training materials, including those made especially for families, women, youth, and children. You can also find the following resources designed specifically to aid local churches in the preliminary steps and essential disciple-making ministry areas outlined in the Global TMI strategy:
Back to the Altar—a website with discipleship resources focused specifically on spiritual revival.
Spread the Word—a training resource on witnessing and personal evangelism designed for local church members and leaders; including a section on spiritual revival as well as how to run local church literature, media, and invitation ministries.
Fundamentals of Faith—a simple guide to be used in leading individuals to decisions for Christ (harvest) as they review the fundamental teachings of the Bible in preparation for baptism.
Discipleship Handbook—this book provides a simple and comprehensive way for local churches to nurture and train newly baptized members and integrate them into the life and mission of the church.