DELTA Ministries International
“Keeping to the Core”
Merriam Webster defines “core” as: “a basic, essential, or enduring part”. While DELTA’s future will include new ministries and programs, all of these will advance the enduring part of the ministry.
What D.E.L.T.A’s Core?
D - Discipling: A disciple of Christ is one who believes Christ’s doctrine, rests on His sacrifice, imbibes His Spirit, and imitates His example (Matt. 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 33; John 6:69).1 Jesus’ call to discipleship is an all-or-nothing summons reaching into every area of life. It involves giving Him preeminence over the closest of human relationships and over the desires for life, serving Him in the world and dedicating one’s life to Him. DELTA utilizes short-term and mid-term missions to remind, train and equip believers of the call to completely surrender their life to Christ.
E - Evangelizing: An evangelist is a publisher of glad tidings; a missionary preacher of the gospel (Eph. 4:11).1 When Believers evangelize they are correctly imitating Christ and His early followers. DELTA equips short-termers and mid-termers to share their faith by preparing a personal testimony. This testimony is shared directly, or through translators, on-field. In addition, large-scale evangelism takes place at festivals and community outreach events through an evangelist supported by short-term teams and mid-term workers. DELTA teams are also prepared in team unity and strive to be a witness by the love they demonstrate to each other. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).
L - Leading: To lead short-term teams and mid-term workers means “to guide on a way especially by going in advance”.2 DELTA’s missionary staff offers over 200 years of combined missions and ministry experience having collectively served in over 40 countries. Since 1979, DELTA has trained, prepared and mobilized over 10,000 short-termers into 100 countries and 30 US States. This experience qualifies DELTA staff to train and equip both pastors and lay staff or to personally lead teams.
T - Training: In Hebrew, the word for training is Chanak, which means “to initiate or discipline, dedicate, and train up.” DELTA ‘trains up’ short-termers and mid-termers, team leaders and teams in four core areas: Biblical character, community, culture and follow-through. DELTA views training as far more than reading a manual or watching a video; utilizing lecture, small groups, and experiential activities, DELTA trains short- and mid-termers so their ministry is effective on-field. DELTA Training takes places face-to-face and is a combination of Biblical training and practical experience. In addition, DELTA is one of the few ministries to provide training for several months beyond the short- and mid-term mission experience.
A - Assisting: To assist means “to give aid from one's own resources”.3 DELTA provides churches, schools, partner mission ministries and individuals assistance through the three phases of short-term and mid-term mission: pre-field, on-field and post-field. This assistance comes through face-to-face coaching/consulting or a variety of resources from in-house DELTA staff or recommended external short-term and mission practitioners.
Mission: For the fulfillment of the Great Commission, DELTA Ministries International serves as a missions resource for the local church as it cultivates Christ-like character in individuals.
Verse: “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
How do we Accomplish DELTA’s Core?
DELTA uses three methods to accomplish the core mission:
- 1. Resourcing - DELTA provides curriculum, webinars, tools, digital downloads, articles, blogs, referrals and more. All of these resources have been developed by experienced and skilled short-term and general mission practitioners.
- 2. Coaching - A coach is “one who instructs or trains”.2 DELTA can provide a personal coach to equip and train both general missions and short-term mission endeavors. DELTA coaches will meet face-to-face, by phone, video or email to guide towards excellence.
- Mobilizing - To mobilize means “to put into movement”.2 DELTA puts individuals, churches, schools and partners into movement to accomplish The Great Commission. This movement is from a home, pew or seat to an on-field location around the world. Since 1979, DELTA has trained, prepared and mobilized over 10,000 short-termers into 100 countries and 30 US States.