Repenting Pastors: A Sign of God’s Word and Spirit at Work


Dear Friends,

We keep hearing pastors repent…what’s going on?

1Pastor Solomon

“Looking back over the past 17 years of ministry, I am ashamed of most of my teaching and preaching. I have to repent.” Solomon spoke with deep emotion during his TNT (Training National Trainers) graduation ceremony in Ethiopia as he repented from preaching his own thoughts, rather than God’s thoughts as revealed in the Scriptures.

2Pastor Mikael

Mikael also experienced transformation in Ethiopia. Here’s what he told us after spending several days with us in the book of Jonah…

Jonah’s rebellion reminded me of my rebellion. Jonah fled from God’s command. When I looked in the mirror, I realized that I too am in rebellion. Jesus said in Matthew 28 to “go and preach the gospel”. I’m not doing that and my church is not doing that. God is returning us to our original mission.

3Pastor James

Hearing Mikael, reminded me of James, a pastor living in a repressive country in Asia. James also had a “Jonah experience”. He told us…

My heart is worse than Jonah’s. Jonah hated the Ninevites and I hate the communists because of the way they’ve persecuted my brothers and sisters. I actually have found myself hoping that they are condemned to hell. Now I realize how hard my heart is….I repent…please pray for me.


It means that our training is not simply an academic exercise, but a transformative encounter with both the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

Might you, too, experience this same transformation as you spend time in his precious Word this year.

With gratitude in Christ,


Craig Parro


PS: This month our Africa team is in Uganda where our partners have recently launched five(!) pastor-training groups and are eager to launch two more(!!) once funds are available. Would you please send a generous gift today so that pastors all over Uganda might repent to become faithful teachers and preachers of God’s Word?

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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.