Imagine you are a pastor or church leader in a community where traditional beliefs get confused with Christian ones, and your congregation struggles with poverty, hopelessness, and diseases like HIV/AIDS. You have never had any formal training on the Bible, and you’re not sure how to communicate the hope of the gospel to those around you, since you aren’t even sure of it yourself. All you want to do is help your people.
Thousands of pastors and leaders in East Africa face this struggle, and since 1993, CMA has conducted intensive Leadership Training courses, with a mission to equip pastors and other church leaders so that they might be empowered to serve their communities.
This four-year program covers topics such as Bible study, hermeneutics, community development, and evangelism skills, and graduates leave with a renewed passion for the Word of God. Many become leaders and pastors of their churches, and some have even gone on to Bible colleges to further their training. Leadership Training follows the strategy of training people to train people, found in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
How far through rough terrain and inclement weather would you be willing to walk to go to church? How would you learn more about Jesus if there is no church nearby? The pastors and leaders we train are encouraged to plant churches in their area so that more people have the opportunity to receive the Gospel and follow Christ. Oftentimes, these churches are the only place of worship in their areas and believers faithfully walk for miles and miles to come to meet with other believers. From there, these churches serve as a hub for supporting the needy and for lasting development in the community.
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:24-25