Why Train Leaders?
The Christian life flows from a unique set of beliefs shaped by the Bible. Our foundational beliefs about who God is, who we are as Godâ€™s people, and what He is seeking to accomplish in the world offer needed direction as we seek to live and mature as Christâ€™s disciples.
Christian pastors and leaders are entrusted with the task of helping others to understand the Bible and the truths it contains. However, in much of the world the leaders themselves have never been trained.
Consider the following:
- Approximately two million pastors outside of North America have not had any Bible training at all. (Source: the U.S. Center for World Missions)
- Each year the number of churches planted around the world outpaces the number of leaders trained by 30,000. (Source: International Bible Society)
- Over 90 percent of the worldâ€™s theologically trained church leaders live in North America. (Source: BEE International)
The shortage of trained pastors and leaders is currently one of the greatest needs facing the church in much of the world. In Eastern Europe, western missionaries can no longer fill the leadership gaps. Eastern Europeans are much more wary and suspicious of westerners than they were 20 years ago, when communism fell. It is now much more strategic to train local leaders, who are part of the culture and society, to lead their own people.
Teaching and training is something that we are passionate about, especially here where the needs are so big and the doors are still open.