The Story of the Cursing Pastor!


Dear Friends and Partners,

This morning I heard a sad, yet precious story here in Papua New Guinea (PNG), one of the most remote and poorest countries in the world…a place and a people that God has called us to serve.

preslyPastor Presly told me and another trainer about the Kol, a mountain-dwelling people, two very long days away. Presly walks there, arising at 4am on the first day, and then at 4am the 2nd day. And ­these aren’t lovely strolls in a garden…he’s clambering up and down mountains paths and fording rivers, trekking each day until the daylight is gone.

Why? After all, we’re not paying Presly to do this. Why would Presly risk his life to take the TNT (Training National Trainers) training to these primitive, nomadic people? Because there is a famine for the Word of God throughout PNG.

Presly invited a local Kol pastor to attend the TNT teaching. Sadly, the people of his church are Christian in name only. Sunday they go to church and then Monday they offer food to their ancestors so that their dead relatives will bless them with money.

Presly urged these Kol leaders, “Teach the Word. Stay on the line of God’s Word when you preach…don’t add to God’s Word, and don’t subtract from it”.

As the training week went on, this same pastor got more agitated. Twice he cursed out loud, angry that his denomination had never taught him to teach the Bible. “Please, please” he cried out, “give me the TNT curriculum so I can teach others”.

Tomorrow, I’ll have the privilege of handing Presly a certificate celebrating his TNT graduation, after 4 years of diligent study and multiplication. The Kol people will be rejoicing with us!

Thank you for embracing our mission to equip and encourage pastors to teach God’s Word with God’s heart. Thank you for equipping pastors who have no access to biblical training.


Celebrating the grace of God in Papua New Guinea,

Craig Parro,

PS: Presly can’t give this local pastor the TNT curriculum….we don’t have it translated into a language that he can understand. Would you please consider a generous gift today to help us get our teaching materials into more languages? Donate to Leadership Resources.

Hear Pastor Presly tell his story:


TNT Results: Learning Bible-Centered Discipleship in the Philippines

IMG_8984Not all job-related promotions are welcome.

Jocel, a Filipino youth minister got an unexpected (and unwelcome) promotion when the Senior Pastor at his church left. Jocel knew he was not ready for the position thrust upon him–especially after his only mentor left.

How would Jocel, a young and fairly-inexperienced pastor make this work?

Thankfully, a short time later God provided Jocel two more-experienced pastors, Larry John and Neil, who saw Jocel’s need and took him under their wing to mentor him.

Soon after, an exciting opportunity fell onto the three pastor’s laps: they were invited by a friend to fellowship around the Word and deepen their skills in the Scriptures through the Training National Trainers program. What an amazing opportunity for Jocel to grow in Word-ministry alongside his mentors!

Here is what Jocel said after our beginning our training:

Slowly, I’m getting a handle on the idea of expository preaching. I continue to learn that text is king. I keep working at preaching the text and not my own ideas. In the past, I thought that discipling people is telling them what I have learned. Now I see that discipling is to teach/preach the Word to people. It is the Word that will bring transformation.
TNT has been a catalyst for the growth of more-experienced pastors as well. Here’s what Pastor Neil said after his training in 2 Timothy:

Last May, we learned that we as pastors must have the heart of God, not just the skill and methodology, but God’s heart which brings transformation. Now in 2 Timothy, we see that Paul is concerned to pass on his own heart to other people.

IMG_9039Pastors Neil and Larry John have taken Paul’s concern to multiply discipleship seriously–and not just with Jocel. This dynamic duo, along with their close friend Pastor Lito, have resonated with the heart of God for multiplying ministry and have already started several new TNT locations–and have 2 or 3 more groups in the works!

Jocel has since moved and began ministering in a new part of the country to reestablish the church there and is excited to have two new mentors and TNT to begin this new ministry on the solid footing of biblical partnership and biblical teaching.

Praise God for His work in the Philippines!

5 Themes Found in Exodus and the New Testament


Leadership Resources training staff recently spent time together studying the book of Exodus. Below are some brief notes about how many Exodus themes fit into the whole of the Bible.

The book of Exodus tells the epic story of God delivering Israel out of slavery in Egypt, leading them in the desert, giving the law at Mt. Sinai, and records the construction of the tabernacle.

There are many great themes and doctrines taught through Exodus and many areas for application for us 3,000 years later after the coming of the anticipated Messiah. Jesus said in John 5:39-40 that all Scripture points to himself–and Exodus is no different.

Five themes that are found in Exodus and the New Testament:

1. There is but one God, the Creator who is sovereign and powerful.

All the world belongs to him and should know him and worship him alone. He is utterly worthy and deserving of praise and worship. No other master/idol will bring freedom. Exodus begins with a tyrannical master enslaving humanity and ends with service of the Lord that is perfect freedom.

The book of Romans describes unbelievers as “slaves to sin” (Romans 6:20). Through faith in Jesus and his death and resurrection, we are set free from sin and live for righteousness and walk in newness of life.

2. Knowing and making known.

“God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”” Exodus 3:15

God wants to know Israel and make Himself known to the world. (See how often these ideas are mentioned in Exodus: 3:6-15, 5:2, 6:2-8, 7:17, 8:10, 22, 9:14, 29, 10:2, 11:7, 14:4, 18, 16:6-12, 18:11, 29:46, 33:12-17.)

God’s wants to be known by all people. God reveals himself progressively as the book unfolds as the God who remembers, who rules, rescues, judges, speaks, provides, and dwells among his people. By the time of Jesus, this dwelling is even more profound and clear as Christ:

  • ‘tabernacled’ among us (John 1:14)
  • made the Father known (John 14:7)
  • by the Spirit dwells in us and makes God known to our hearts (Ephesians 3:17)

3. The glory of God is revealed and his glory (weightiness/worth) is his character.

God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, forgiving and yet just. He is holy. He is jealous. Moses and Israel beheld his glory as God revealed his character and ways to them. We have beheld his glory even more clearly than they in the Lord Jesus Christ who dwelt among us full of grace (John 1:14).

Read Exodus for an encounter with the living God! The majestic character of God is revealed – mercy, justice, holiness, love, glory, faithfulness. We enter into the journey/pilgrimage of faith with all believers – rescued from slavery, carried by God, instructed by God and brought to worship and service of God.

4. God’s grace always proceeds law. 

God rescues, delivers, and THEN gives shape to the relationship by outlining the way his saved people ought live. The law was never given as means to gain blessing and salvation from God. Similarly in the NT Jesus calls a people to himself (a new Israel) and then gives them instruction for life in the Kingdom (so Matt 4:12-22 before Matt 5-8 and the Sermon on the Mount, see also Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 2:11-14, 3:1-7).

5. Like Israel we are saved and freed for a purpose. 

Freedom is not an end in itself. We are freed to serve and for God’s glory. Exodus 19:3-6 is a key text in the Bible: Israel was chosen as holy and special people out of all nations for the sake of the nations. They were to be holy and priestly manifesting God to the world. We still are a chosen people with the same purpose (1 Peter 2, Titus 2).

The grace of God leads to godliness leads to good works while we wait for glory!

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14

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