Every day, students hope to train in a seminary or Bible institute but can’t because they lack the funds. Most of the students in our partner seminaries are already ministering when they enroll, and they enroll out of a deep sense of felt need. The Church is growing rapidly in the Majority World, and equipped leaders are rare. “He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.’” Luke 10:2a
There’s nothing like trying to lead a flock and interpret Scripture with virtually nothing to rely on except a Bible and a passionate heart. In that situation, hearts cry out for training, resources, wisdom and knowledge. It’s tragic that someone seeking to become a shepherd – or a more effective, better-equipped shepherd – should have to worry about financial barriers to a seminary education.
Oftentimes, faculty members do not have appropriate training themselves. They could be training, educating and empowering students more effectively if they could receive further education and training.
The Overseas Council Solution: Scholarships for the Shepherds
There are few more cost-effective ways to invest in the Church’s future than through door-opening scholarships to deserving students, while also offering scholarships to faculty members, so we can in turn equip the equippers. Investing in one leader can have an enormous impact upon the Church in his or her country. Hundreds and even thousands can be ministered to as a result. We come alongside these leaders and help them receive training in order to multiply their influence through God’s work around the world.
The Need: Train a Leader
Did you know that, on average, offering a scholarship to a deserving student costs only $100/month and a faculty member $333/month?* The scholarship program has proven to be a great success around the world. Consistently we receive updates from alumni and faculty across all five of our regions highlighting the impact they are experiencing. Yet there are still capable, eager leaders who could be significantly more effective with training. We are committed to supporting the Church: raising up Christian leaders of vision, integrity and competence who make a difference in the Church and society. Consider what your role might be in fulfilling this exciting vision at www.overseas.org/donate.
*The cost to train a student or faculty member varies based on region, program and other factors. The average student scholarship is $1,200/year ($100/month), and the average faculty scholarship is $4,000/year ($333/month).