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Embracing a 'Kingdom-Centric' Approach in Christianity & Church

Author: Paul Clayton Gibbs, author of ‘Talmidim: How to Disciple Anyone in Anything’.

Have you noticed there are two types of Christianity? While the Christian-centric gospel prioritizes personal transformation, the Kingdom-centric gospel compels us to transform our world. Both are Christianity, but one represents the kind of religion Jesus witnessed and the other, the kind He wanted. 

In his latest book, Kingdom Centric: Reframing Christianity, Paul Clayton Gibbs guides you through a series of awkward questions to help align your thoughts and practices to God’s true purpose for your life. When God’s people return to who He created us to be and lead others to do the same, we give God what He wants: His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. Take the free appraisal to discover how Kingdom-centric you are, and then use the ten ‘pivots’ in this book to revolutionize your relationship with God. 

If you have ever questioned whether the Christianity you experience is what Jesus had in mind, you will find this book revolutionary, practical, and full of insights that make sense.

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Paul Clayton Gibbs

is the Founder and Global Director of Pais Movement, he has planted and repurposed churches in both the UK and USA. He travels globally providing consultancy and training to leaders. Paul is the author of several books including; ‘Talmidim – How To Disciple Anyone In Anything’.


An invitation from Qhamani, a National Director

Qhamani shares about Pais South Africa

South Africa has such rich culture and diversity, whether it’s the delicious food, beaches with penguins or people with a fiery passion for soccer.

Check out this video where Qhamani, Pais South Africa Director shares what a year on Pais South Africa is like, and Apply Now to start in the next January or August intake!

Or view our South African page for more information: pais.life/southafrica [link to come soon]


How To Reframe Church feat. The Movement Church (Sydney)

How To Reframe Church feat. The Movement Church

Roy Marcellus and Jessica Leonardo are the Senior Pastors and founders of The Movement Church. Their passion is for people to get to know Jesus and help them find their purpose in Christ. Prior to giving their life to full time ministry, they both excel in the marketplace and from that experience, they can now influence local communities and international platforms with Bible-based principles in the most relevant and relatable way. They have been married since 2006 and are blessed with three beautiful daughters, Savannah, Valerie and Dakota.

Paul Clayton Gibbs (Founder and Global Director), visited The Movement Church and spoke on discipleship, as part of our Allies Program.

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Pais 5-IN-1 Studio: Empower young leaders worldwide by supporting the build of our new training studio!

Pais 5-IN-1 Studio: Empower young leaders worldwide by supporting the build of our new training studio!

We are extending our reach!

According to a survey by The Barna Group in 2022, 94% of Christians made the decision to follow Jesus by the age of 18.

This highlights the importance of equipping young adults with unique tools to pioneer new mission ventures among teens and communities. At Pais, we have over 30 years of experience doing just that!

There is now a great need to multiply our impact beyond our own leaders.

Our goal is to increase the weekly interactive training we provide to 10,000 young leaders and 250,000 students by building the MyPais 5-in-1 Studio.

Our new Global Headquarters will include:

•Conference Studio: for recording conferences
•Training Studio: for weekly interactive training lessons
•Mini Studio: for short social media tips
•Roundtable Studio: for Q&A discussions around key topics
•Audio Studio: for podcasts and audiobooks

We need to raise $100,000 to extend our reach. The good news is that we have a pledge of a matching fund of $50,000!

Double your impact with our matching fund. Together, we can empower young adults worldwide to pioneer innovative initiatives.

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Pais Movement NAMED a “2022 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits

Pais Movement NAMED a “2022 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits

Award based on Community Recommendations

Pais Movement was named as a “2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading website for community recommendations of charities and nonprofits.

Pais Movement provides opportunities for young adults to deepen their knowledge of Scripture, to be discipled, and to disciple others. “We are honored to be named a 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Robert Overton, Global Team Manager at Pais Movement.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that Pais Movement received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. The organization is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Shari Tishman, Managing Director of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with Pais Movement.”

GreatNonprofits is the largest donation website for nonprofits and where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.8 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

The complete list of 2022 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found here

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From An Apprentice to Communication Director: Melissa's Journey on Pais Brazil

From An Apprentice to Communication Director: Melissa's Journey on Pais Brazil

As a missions organization, the Pais Movement provides opportunities for young adults to deepen their knowledge of Scripture, to be discipled, and to disciple others. Melissa, a Brazilian missionary from São Paulo, is one of those people. Almost 8 years ago, she decided to join the Pais Movement in order to advance the Kingdom of God.

After serving a year abroad with Pais UK, Melissa returned to Brazil to serve in her home nation, where she became a team leader. Because Melissa was really good at sharing about the Pais Movement with others, she was challenged to develop new skills in the areas of communication and marketing, which led to her becoming the communication director for Pais Brazil in 2018, a position she holds to this day.

True discipleship made more sense to Melissa after she joined the Pais Movement. While serving, she had numerous opportunities to reach teenagers in schools by modeling Biblical principles and serving as a mentor.

“Understanding how Jesus made disciples opened my mind a lot. Jesus took his disciples with Him everywhere he went. The disciples were always walking, seeing, and learning from Jesus as He did things. And that’s what discipleship is about: experiences that lead to education. With the Pais Movement, I had the opportunity to live that out and put it into practice as I was being discipled by Pais Brazil and discipling students at the same time.”

Currently, the Pais Brazil teams are working hard to reach students through a project called ”Schools for Peace,” using the Pais Movement evangelism tool Because You’re Loved to teach them about generosity, love and service. So far through this project, Melissa and the Pais Brazil team have served in 52 schools, representing all of the middle and high schools in Osasco, São Paulo, Brazil!

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Melissa describes Pais as an organization that transforms the lives of young people in schools:
“We do that through our apprentices. They are trained to be role models to those students and build relationships with them, being true life mentors. The Pais missionaries can then invite the young people who are learning forward to experience evangelism, Bible study, and discipleship in a way that trains them to replicate these things with other teenagers. With that, we live out the Pais tagline: missionaries making missionaries.”

If you want to apply for a free mission year with us and advance God’s Kingdom, click here to find out more!

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An Interview w/ the Pais Founder

30 Years of Fresh Vision

According to Barna research, 47% of Christian Leaders have seriously considered quitting ministry.

TBN UK recently broadcasted an interview with Pais Movement’s founder, Paul Clayton Gibbs to discover why, after 30 years, is Paul still passionately pursing God’s vision?

During the interview Paul described how Pais Movement has been transforming the lives of young people in schools and communities across the world, and shared about how he came to discover the methods that Jesus used to commission his disciples.

The discovery of these methods has led to the development of the templates that Pais uses today to equip people in evangelism, discipleship, and Bible study.

“I’m about doing things the way that Jesus did. How did Jesus read and study scripture? How did Jesus disciple? Is that different from what we do today, and how do we rediscover that?”

These questions have led Paul to observe two different types of Christianity being practiced in today’s world – Christian-centric and Kingdom-centric. Paul describes Christian-centric Christianity as one that is self-focused: To pursue a good life, God’s way, so that he gives us what we want. Conversely,
Kingdom-centric Christianity is focused on pursing the heart of the King: To pursue God’s Kingdom, God’s way, so that we give him what he wants.

The pursuit of God’s kingdom above all else is the driving force behind Paul’s continued passion after 30 years, and the fuel used to propel Pais Movement into the future.


A Marriage Impacts The World!

A Marriage Impacts The World!

For a combined 39 years Pete and Bryony Baker have worked to expand God’s kingdom across the UK, serving as Pais National Directors. Through their leadership, tens of thousands of young people have been reached with the gospel across the UK, and hundreds of missionaries have been sent.

It’s difficult to quantify the impact that this couple has made over the years. But, as one team member put it, “These are not ordinary people. They’ve rejected the normal and they’ve reached for the sky. They’ve sacrificed and struggled. They’ve stayed through victories and trouble, holding the Kingdom of God in their eyes. They’ve changed the world.”

Starting in August, Pete and Bryony will begin serving as European Directors; resourcing our teams across Europe, and helping to pioneer new ones. These Pais legends were recently asked to sum up their time spent on Pais thus far. Here’s what they had to say:

“Pais has shaped me in every way – how I view life, the church, young people, and schools. The best prayer I ever prayed was, ‘Yes, Lord.

“Pais has given me a community of people unified behind a shared pursuit – Seeking first the Kingdom of God above all else.

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An Unusual Start in Scandinavia

An Unusual Start in Scandinavia

Imagine the impact of a Pais team living among students in a boarding school… Well, that’s how Pais has started to pioneer in Scandinavia. Sociologists refer to the religious environment of Scandinavia as “secular heaven.” While the countries in this region consistently rank within the top 10 happiest, they also rank on top when it comes to consumption of antidepressants and alcohol among youth.

The Danish Boarding Schools concept creates opportunities for us to see a variety of circumstances among youth. Many of them just want to have the fun experience of enjoying life and investing in themselves, to be independent, and to live in deep friendships. But, an equal number of young people go there because they “need” to. Living in a boarding school allows us to have great opportunities to invest in students slowly but safely, to create a culture of love and acceptance at schools, to be reachable, and to build trust with students and teachers. We’ve met many young people coming from very broken families, some suffering from drug addictions (which began as early as age 10), some being depressed or having anxiety, and some suffering from eating disorders…just totally broken and in need of Jesus!

By God’s grace we have seen growth in the spiritual culture of the school and we have seen God moving hearts to reveal himself in different ways.  Some students have begun attending Alpha Courses, receiving prayer, and visiting the church with us. You might see those fruits a little later than in usual schools, but then once they start to pop out, they will spread and be strongly anchored in a greater promise. Boarding schools are a big family. And just imagine one day, christian leaders influencing each boarding school in Scandinavia!

Highlights:

Last month we visited our National directors at the Faroe Islands for three weeks. We were able to set a good foundation for the start of this NEW Pais Nation. We went into multiple schools, doing lunch clubs, language classes, sharing testimonies and giving an insight into what Pais is going to do on the Faroe Islands. It was amazing to see how many kids actually joined and interacted with our program and how we could pray for people and see breakthroughs in schools.
During our stay we were hosted in City Church Torshavn and primarily ministered to preteens. We could see God working in heavenly ways as this younger generation was filled by the Holy Spirit while we learned how we can bring heaven on earth and listen to God’s voice. But we did not only stay with City Church, we went to multiple other churches (and there are a lot on the Faroe Islands) and shared testimonies. We’ve seen a greater longing for God’s love, an amazing interaction and connection between different churches, and many open doors for God’s work on the Faroe Islands.

Future of Pais Scandinavia: 

After two good years with our first-ever boarding school in Denmark, we will have a break from working together with them. With a look to the future, we will start collaborating with another boarding school down in the south of Denmark as well as a boarding school in the Faroe Islands, and we will have a regular team on the Faroe Islands going into different schools. We look so much forward to keep impacting the young generation of Scandinavia!

What is Scandinavia?

Is a group of countries in northern Europe that includes Denmark,  Faroe Islands, Norway, and Sweden, sometimes also Finland and Iceland.

Here are some random facts:

  •     •The flags of the countries share similar off-center cross design known as the Nordic cross.
  •     •Paul Zuckerman, a sociologist that has studied religion in Scandinavia says that this region is like “secular heaven”.
  •     •The World Happiness Report declared that the countries in this region have all been in the top 10 happiest countries since 2013, but they’re also at the top when        it comes to consumption of antidepressants, and alcohol problems in youth.

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The Multiplying Effect of Discipleship

The Multiplying Effect of Discipleship

Last month our Global Ministry Media Director, Ronaldo Andrade, visited teams in South Africa as a part of a future Pais documentary, which will feature the work Pais is doing around the world. Pais South Africa was pioneered in 2018 by Richard and Leearron Jumbe. Over the last several years, the Jumbes have established partnerships with churches, Christian organizations such as the Students Christian Organization (SCO), and local schools. Today, Pais South Africa partners with schools on a weekly basis by participating in assemblies and teaching lessons, and are active in the community by hosting evangelistic outreaches and leading discipleship programs in the local partner churches.

During the first week of filming alone, the Pais South Africa teams engaged with over 2,000 students, many of whom came to believe in God. Ronaldo was particularly impacted by the gratitude that the students expressed for sharing truth with them.

“There was one particular school that we went to, it was the first time they were receiving a Pais team, and after doing lessons on identity, Christianity and peer pressure, and giving students time to ask questions, they enjoyed it so much that some of them came looking for us during their break to thank us for what we had done. On Pais terms, we would call them ‘those who are leaning forward’, students who are eager to know God, to be discipled, to discover the Bible and to learn ways to share it with their friends. This is what Pais is all about, disciples making disciples who can make more disciples.”

Evidence of this multiplying effect can be seen in communities where Pais is active. In a matter of 4 years, there are testimonies of people like Wayne, who was only 15 when he was discipled by the Jumbes through the Pais Youth Academy. Wayne then became a Pais team member, then a team leader, and is now a Pais alumni. Wayne has discipled many teenagers throughout this time and continues to disciple more while attending college, he is living the lifestyle and seeing the multiplying effects through the lives of those he discipled.

If you would like to know more about our Pais South Africa teams, follow them on Instagram and Facebook, and if you would like to contribute to the work of Pais around the world and the multiplying effect of discipleship, please use the button below to give towards our campaign, Operation Archer.

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