Training Pastors in Uganda
December 14, 2013
Posted in Mission
In 2013 I went to Uganda to serve with Watoto Childcare ministries. While I was there I had the high privilege of meeting local pastors that were striving to be faithful to God’s call in their lives as they sacrificially serve the local church in Uganda. Sadly, many of these pastors do not have access to educational materials or pastoral training.
In fact, for every 450,000 people outside the U.S. there is one formally trained church leader. Millions of pastors around the world are currently leading churches with little or no formal theological education. In Africa, 85% of the pastors have no formal theological training, and they are eager to learn how to rightly handle God’s word and shepherd God’s people.
After I returned from Uganda, Lori and I began talking about how I might serve the church in under-resourced areas like Uganda. I have been extremely blessed by the training I have received at seminary and Desert Springs and I want to invest them well. As I began to pray how the Lord would have me serve, I was introduced to Training Leaders International (TLI), an organization that seeks to equip church leaders worldwide by connecting them with seminary-trained pastors like me.
For two weeks in May 2014, I will serve on a small team in Kampala, Uganda at Africa Renewal Christian College (ARCC) (http://vimeo.com/9842321), an institution that trains local pastors in African. ARCC’s primary need is qualified and trained teachers. I will be joining a team from TLI to serve as a teacher in ARCC’s holiday term. While I will be teaching to a group of 15 to 20 pastors, I know I will be amazingly blessed as I build relationships with these local pastors and learn from them.
I am excited about this opportunity to use my gifts “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12), to gain a greater perspective of how God is advancing His kingdom through the world (Hab2:14), and to gain a greater sensitivity concerning the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world (1 Jn 3:16-18). This trip can only be successful if the strength, grace, and love of the Lord work through me.
This is why I primarily need your support through prayer as I prepare beforehand (cultural training and curriculum preparation), and as I serve in Uganda. As you pray for our team I ask that you keep the following requests in mind:
• That our preparation and teaching will be honoring to Jesus.
• That we will teach and serve with cultural sensitivity.
• That these pastors will grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord.
• That we will grow from their wisdom, experience, and perseverance.
• That we will all come to treasure Christ more through this time.
If you have any questions concerning the details of this trip, prayer and/or financial support, etc., please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, you can stay current with the trip by vising our online journal at http://trainingleadersinternational.org/trips/67/uganda-spring-2014