Doug Dunton, the Regional Director for Africa, recently trained pastors in Tanzania and Uganda as part of the Training National Trainers program. Below is an update of his trip and some highlights of how God is using our training to equip pastors for biblical ministry.
Different Places and Different Faces–But the Same Story: Four Highlights from our ministry in Africa
1. “Entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also…” 2 Timothy 2:2
Doug: “I spent two days with six mentor trainers (country leaders who will continue our training after we are gone), training them how to best do Word Work, teaching and discussing our hermeneutical principles, and Program Work, which has a practical focus on how to set up more training venues and how God has used their ministries.
One of our goals in The Mentor Trainer Program is to give mentor trainers a sense of empowerment. We want them to believe that they are competent by God’s grace to do this work and that they don’t need to depend on outside influence.
This was one of the most, if not the most, dynamic venues I have been at. They were equipped, competent, and confident of their work.”
This is what LRI’s tagline, “Launching pastoral training movements worldwide” is all about. We train people in the Word and after God transforms and equips them in and through His Word, they continue the work we started.
2. Equipping people for ministry in their own contexts.
George, recent graduate of an American seminary and a dynamic African leader had this to say about the Training National Trainers program:
“This is a ministry that takes it down to a local level… Everything I have learned in higher education does not work on the local level.”
Leadership Resources seeks to equip pastors like George for ministry in their own contexts. Our approach to missions in Training National Trainers equips nationals to reach their own people.
God has used George to plant thirteen churches, raise up thirteen pastors, and develop each of the thirteen churches to serve as Resource Centers that train pastors and do church planting. George also teaches at a local Baptist seminary and teaches our TNT principles to his students.
3. God’s Word softening a hard and difficult heart.
In one of our 2 Timothy workshops, a pastor named Alfred was deeply convicted through God’s Word and shared the following testimony:
“I’m known to be a very difficult man… This week I’ve learned that I do not lead with a heart that is right for the ministry. I’ve been selective in what I do and who I work with. I thought I was always right–and now I realize I need to repent and will be easier to work with and more beneficial to all. I never want to be a difficult man again.”
God’s Word cut Alfred to the heart and caused him to rethink what a true biblical ministry is all about. His story of transformation is not uncommon, but is something we expect because of what God promises to do through His Word.
4. Reprogramming minds through the Scriptures
One of our older trainees commented that our training is reprogramming the way he thinks about the Word of God.
“This is difficult…I feel like I have to ‘offload’ a lot of my previous knowledge. What I learned today is a different way–but a good way to learn.”
Below is a short video of Doug Dunton describing more about his time in Africa:
Your church can be a part of God’s work through Leadership Resources in Africa and around the world. Find out how you can become an anchor church and partner with us to strengthen the worldwide church with the Word of God.