“The Word of God Became Boring…Because of Us”


Dear Friends and Partners,

“People find the Word of God boring. Now I realize that the Word of God became boring because of us…we made it boring!”


Pastor Ivan* was clearly embarrassed as he spoke these words. Fortunately, there was more. Because of what he is learning in TNT (Training National Trainers), he told us:“The Word of God is so interesting when we unpack it. Now, people are listening with deep interest. In fact, [while we’re preaching] we hear them exclaim: ‘Wow! Wow!’”

He’s no longer relying on psychology or other programs. “I have a deep conviction to build all of my ministry on the Word of God, because I see that only the Word of God changes the hearts of people.”

Because of TNT, Pastor Ivan said, “I’ve seen the heart of our Lord and I’ve started to love Him even more…my heart is filled with the Lord and his work.”


This transformation is going way beyond his own life and ministry. Ivan isn’t just any pastor. He’s a Regional Pastor with oversight for many other pastors in his denomination. He’s also the key leader in this particular TNT group, located in one of the Muslim-dominated, Central Asian “-stan” countries (hence the need to change his name*).

The training that is transforming him personally is multiplying to three other groups of pastors in his region. Soon, by God’s grace, it will become an unstoppable movement!


This TNT group is significantly underfunded. The thought of postponing or canceling this group is unthinkable, given the fruit we’re seeing. Would you please send a generous gift this month so we can continue to build into Pastor Ivan’s life, and many others like him?

And pray that a movement of God’s Word would spread into all of the “-stans”, to the glory of God!!!

With gratitude for you,

craig1Craig Parro



PS: I’m frustrated because this letter is so weak compared to the powerful way that God is working in and through Pastor Ivan. Please stop in our office so I can show you a recent video interview of Pastor Ivan (sadly, we can’t post it on the web). Check it out….your heart will be moved!

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.