In our experience, the most effective pastors, teachers and evangelists receive training that is culturally relevant and biblically sound. We assist seminaries and Bible institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa as they develop this quality training. Our assistance includes TEACH, Scholarships, seminary leadership gatherings (Institutes for Excellence) and regionally strategic projects (Community Outreach).
Why theological education matters
To grow His Church around the world, Jesus invested in just 12 key leaders.
In The Great Commission, Jesus dictated to us the “what” – ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ But He also dictated the “how” – ‘teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’
We believe deeply in the effectiveness and promise of theological education; not for education’s sake, but for the promise it holds to build leaders who have the vision, integrity and competence that the Church and the Gospel demand. “It is the most potent, most long lasting, most enduring kind of involvement in the Christian movement that I can think of,” says Dr. David Baer, President and CEO.
To grow His Church around the world, Jesus invested in just 12 key leaders. By investing deeply in leaders, we are following the only model of church growth that has ever proven to be sustainable and fruitful. We invest into the students, faculty and leadership, and these trained Christian leaders, in turn, invest out to the community to multiply the Church.
Theological education is important. It bears fruit. Most importantly, it multiplies in the lives of everyone these trained Christian leaders touch.
Consider the future of the Church. Think of the importance of leaders in your own faith journey and in your day-to-day life. Contrast that with much of the Majority World where so many believers and would-be believers are truly “sheep without a shepherd.”