When a Pais team comes to a church they can also bring with them the amazing M4 program!
M4 is the four unique tools we use across the world to enable us to disciple young people, raise them up as effective Christians and release them to make a difference for God before they’ve even left school. It’s about developing a mindset in a generation of young people who are committed to God, committed to the local church and committed to service! The four parts of M4 are tools that pursue two of Pais distinctives: discipleship and mission. Pais Project apprentices show students what it means to be in an intentional discipleship relationship, and to use that to spur their faith into daily action through service and Kingdom living.
The M4 conference gathers Kingdom minded young people who are determined to serve God in their community. It empowers young people by equipping connecting and inspiring them with practical tools to make a difference in their schools.The conference teaches students the key distinctive of mission. Students learn to go beyond simply getting their friends to a Christian club or church, they actually learn how to impact their school. The M4 conference, combined with the other parts of M4 enable them to take their friends deeper in the faith using interactive clubs, lessons and presentations.
M4 mentoring invests in discipling young people. Apprentices mentor young people on a bi-weekly basis, but see them daily, both in and out of school. They can hold the student accountable to the teaching they are receiving. This fulfills the third distinctive of discipleship. This is about more than just curriculum and head knowledge. The apprentices can give almost daily guidance and Biblical input into each area of the young persons’ life. It enables the pupil to ask “What’s in God’s heart?” and combine their knowledge of the Bible with their skills and desires, to change the school and community around them. Discipleship leaves the classroom setting and evolves in to a culture and way of life.
“For me mentoring students is a great opportunity to teach them that their faith is actually the most important part of their life and God the highest priority. It’s exciting to see how they grow in understanding and start to take following Jesus more seriously.” – 1st Year Pais Apprentice -
M4 mission takes what the students are learning to do on a weekly basis and plants them in a new culture They take the message and principles of mission, discipleship and study, ‘on tour’. Students are trained and equipped to help others learn how to live out their faith in their own city and country. This becomes about more than just numbers. Mission becomes a service to the community and an equipping of the local church. It is also a part of the journey. People on mission learn what it means to be a Christian and how the gospel is lived out.
M4 Academy is a weekly opportunity for students to learn skills and prepare for sharing their faith. Groups of students serve their school, neighbourhood and community together. Students, who may not even know God, serve alongside Pais apprentices and youth who do. They learn what it means to use their skills on a weekly basis to serve the community and pursue the Kingdom. Rather than living in the faith of their parents the students faith becomes their own, new commitments are made and the community is changed.