Andy Meverden, CBAmerica’s new director of chaplaincy, intently reads every ministry report submitted. He keeps an eye out for ministry effectiveness and innovation in our rapidly changing world.
Army Reserve Chaplain, Captain Sean Callahan, is assigned to an Engineer Battalion in New York, while he serves fulltime as the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Metuchen, New Jersey. He submitted his biannual report for July-December of 2014. In it he describes one of his greatest blessings of the periods: “During Extended Combat Training (ECT), being able to baptize a Soldier in the Ft. Hunter-Liggett (CA) pool, who had been led to Christ two years earlier in a mental health ward of a hospital. During the same ECT we saw two other Soldiers accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.”
When asked to list items of prayer he shares an innovative discipleship ministry he has successfully field-tested: “I instituted a Skype Bible study during this period (Sep-Dec, ’14) in order to help disciple some of the Soldiers in my battalion who have recently come to Christ or have a desire to grow in their faith.” Chaplain Callahan saw the need for “between training weekend ministry,” and found an effective way to “connect” with his Soldiers disbursed throughout his region.
The results of his ministry are visible: 8 worship services, 16 Bible Studies, 5 crisis/suicide interventions, 2 first-time decisions and 1 baptism. Chaplain Callahan closed his report with: “Pray that God continues to use this digital venue to multiply His Kingdom work in the battalion.” Chaplain Sean Callahan understands that the outcome of the Great Commission is to “make disciples,” not just elicit “decisions.”
Pray for Sean and the 43 other CBAmerica military Reserve chaplains whose ministry often extends between weekend and annual training events.[/vc_column][/vc_row]