Tracking Our Progress As A Ministry

Leadership Resources Training in Expository Preaching

Dear Friends and Partners,

Before I joined Leadership Resources International (LRI) 26 years ago, I worked for a survey research company for 15 years. We would interview people about new products and new product ideas. I/we did a lot of research for the Ford Motor Company…quality surveys, new model design, dealer feedback, customer satisfaction, etc. All of this built a continuous improvement mindset into me. I came to LRI eager that we keep getting better and better at equipping and encouraging pastors around the world to teach God’s Word with God’s heart.

So how are we doing?

Very good! We are getting better and better at helping pastors study, teach and preach God’s Word. I say that not simply based on my own observations, but based on the results of a research study that another ministry conducted on our behalf. We asked GMI, a research-oriented ministry in Colorado Springs, to go to five different countries and interview…

  • pastors that our staff had equipped (the 1st generation)
  • pastors that the 1st generation equipped (a 2nd generation)
  • church members of both 1st and 2nd generation pastors

The results were so encouraging (but not perfect!) Here are some of the things that we learned…

  1. The teaching and preaching of both 1st and 2nd generation pastors has dramatically improved. The trainers, the pastors themselves, and church members all affirm this.
  2. For many pastors, TNT (Training National Trainers) is the only substantial Bible training that they have received. It is a life-line that has transformed them and their ministries.
  3. As a result of #1 & #2, church members have fallen more deeply in love with God’s Word. They are engaged…they regularly read their Bible and share it with others.
  4. Some of the LRI training is being replicated in Bible schools, seminaries, and even prisons and drug and alcohol re-hab centers. Praise God!!!!

Here are some of the less-than-encouraging findings. Pray for us in these things…

  1. We don’t see a lot of 3rd generation trainings. Part of the reason: many 2nd generation learners are not pastors, but youth and worship leaders, women’s ministry leaders, elders, etc. Hmm??? On one hand, that’s terrific! We want to reach anyone who has a teaching ministry in the church. On the other hand, we want to see a movement of the Word spread widely.                                                                                                                     
  2. Sometimes the TNT training remains stuck within a particular denominational structure or network. How might we encourage our international partners to reach out beyond their own circles?

Perhaps the most encouraging report was from one of the interviewers who has been a missionary for many years. This was his 1st exposure to LRI. Here’s what he said:

“Your training is like a slow, soaking rain that softens and saturates the ground over a long period of time.”

Hallelujah!!! That’s exactly what we want.

Pray for us as we seek to apply what we have learned from this research project. We want to get better and better at equipping pastors to handle God’s precious Word, for Christ’s great glory and for the sake of his Bride!!!

With gratitude for your partnership,

craigCraig Parro

President

PS: One of the other findings: we need to get our curriculum into many more languages. Pastors and church members learn best when they are taught in their heart language. We’ve translated our materials into 10 or 12 languages, but probably should put them into 50 or more languages. Would you please consider a generous gift today so that pastors from every tribe might learn and teach God’s Word in their own language?

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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.

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