Meet an MTS Trainer – Duane Olivier

Meet an MTS Trainer – Duane Olivier

“You only fall in love with gospel ministry by doing gospel ministry. There is no shortcut to the sweet partnership and fellowship with Jesus Christ other than throwing yourself fully into His mission. MTS is the best way to throw yourself in, before you have to sell your house or career change, or invest in years at a college. It gives you the experience of a full ‘immersion’ in gospel ministry so that you can objectively assess whether this is something you ought to do for the rest of your life.”

Duane Olivier is the lead pastor of North Coast Church in Kingsley WA, and an MTS trainer.

Why do you train MTS apprentices?

It is part and parcel of normal word ministry. As it says in Timothy 2:2 –
‘The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others’.
Normal word ministry involves making disciple-makers out of people. MTS is arguably, the best and most concentrated way of training disciple makers.

What are some of the rewards and challenges of training an MTS Apprentice?

One of the kindest things the Lord Jesus does is allow you to see the fruit of your ministry. And He doesn’t always do this. But in MTS the fruit is apparent up front. What you get to see is someone grow in their love for Jesus and His mission. It’s always encouraging to see people take on your same passions for His glory through the salvation of other people and their growth. That is easily the greatest reward.

The challenges are feeling the weight of responsibility to be honest and tell someone that they may not have the gifts necessary for full time paid ministry. It’s a challenge to have such a weighty ‘say’ in someone else’s life.

It’s also a challenge to ensure that their training experience is really a good one and not just ‘cheap labour’.

And I can’t beat any of our MTS’s at table tennis either – big challenge.

What skills have you seen develop in your MTS apprentices this year?

Praise God, lots and lots of skills. We’ve seen them grow in their grasp of the gospel and their courage and ability to pass that on to others. We’ve seen them grow in their biblical worldview and be more determined to live for Jesus. Also, we’ve seen them grow in their personal love of Jesus. And, there is a patience with people that comes with ministry – our MTS’s learn to patiently minister to people and faithfully continue to minster to them despite many setbacks and disappointments.

Why should someone considering working in Gospel ministry do an MTS Apprenticeship?

As I always say (and so too the person I stole it from), you only fall in love with gospel ministry by doing gospel ministry. There is no shortcut to the sweet partnership and fellowship with Jesus Christ other than throwing yourself fully into His mission. MTS is the best way to throw yourself in, before you have to sell your house or career change, or invest in three years at a college. It gives you the experience of a full ‘immersion’ in gospel ministry so that you can objectively assess whether this is something you ought to do for the rest of your life.

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