Pastor Training Takes Center Stage on the Church’s Global Agenda

Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers 2016If you are a pastor-trainer, we urge you to attend the June, 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers in Bangkok, Thailand. You will be joining the Leadership Resources’ team as well as pastor trainers from around the world for this unique event which is focused solely on the
urgent need for pastoral training.

The need is immense and Dr. Richard highlights that only about 5% of the world has trained pastors to help lead the Church worldwide.

unnamedThis Congress addresses this tragedy directly by bringing together the next generation of pastoral trainers to help equip and empower pastors so that Church might come to full maturity in Christ and display his glory to the nations.

Leadership Resources has been asked by the General Convener of the Congress, Dr. Ramesh Richard, to facilitate a workshop track (called Parallel Sessions) on Biblical Engagement and Pastoral Training. We are honored to do so and grateful for this emphasis at the Congress. See Dr. Richard’s gracious invitation to us below.

Please make this Congress a priority. You may begin the application process at the GProCongress website. We look forward to seeing you at this momentous event!

Here is Dr. Richard’s invitation:

Leadership Resources launches pastoral training movements. The training of pastors could well have become the missions priority for the 21st century. Since God has called, gifted, and placed at least 2.2 million pastoral leaders all over the world, with only 5% trained for pastoral ministry, there are large numbers of pastors who need skills, tools, and relationships for ministry effectiveness and longevity. Sustained movements address this huge deficit especially across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

unnamed (1)Over the years, LRI has equipped and encouraged hundreds of pastors trainers serving in more than 35 countries. These pastor trainers represent an ideal network of candidates who would benefit greatly as participants at the GProCongress. The invitation to LRI’s substantive participation in the build-up and follow-up, as well as the strategy and impact of the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, comes with gratitude after careful study of major alignment of their approaches with the objectives of the GProCongress.

As an organization, LRI carries long credibility in the pastoral training “industry” in strengthening the lives of pastors. Their focus on biblical preaching emphasizes the deepest felt-need by pastors all over world—having to deliver God’s Word regularly. The model of how LRI is helping pastors preach faithfully and relevantly is why I have invited you to facilitate, create, and followup with the Biblical Engagement & Pastoral Training focus—one of just seven parallel sessions in the dynamic, task-focused program.

It will not only provide additional exposure for LRI, but create major opportunities to contribute to the foundational need of biblical engagement in pastoral leadership, since pastoral health affects church health and church health affects societal health.

Ramesh Richard, PhD, ThD
General Convener, Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers
President, RREACH/Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary
Founder, Trainers of Pastors International Coalition [TOPIC]

How to Get Involved

  1. Come – plan now to join us for the GProCongress by applying.
  2. Bring – recruit other pastoral trainers to join you. We are making available an incentive program for recruiting. Learn more.
  3. Send – help other pastoral trainers from weaker economic conditions to attend the Congress, as you are able. Donate.

Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.