Church Mission Society appeals to train church leaders
Church Mission Society is appealing for donations to fund the training of more church leaders around the world. The organisation said that in some of the places it was working, 95 per cent of ordained ministers had only had a few weeks of training. "It seems unthinkable – yet, around the world, far too many churches have leaders not yet properly equipped for their God-given role," said Reverend Joseph Steinberg, Director of Mission Stewardship at CMS.
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The funds raised will be used to give more ordained ministers a biblical grounding and practical knowledge to help them in building God's kingdom. One pastor who has already received training from CMS is the Reverend Eli Paul, who is leading churches in South Sudan's Maridi Diocese.
Rev Paul says that prior to the training; he lacked the knowledge and skills to help others become vibrant disciples. "Now I can account for money down to the last penny," he shares. "I know how to turn Kingdom-vision into reality and above all, I can create resources that are leading people to grow in Christ."
The training is being provided to pastors through mission partners like Canon Trisha Wick, who is coordinator for discipleship and training in Maridi Diocese. It is hoped that the appeal will enable more pastors to plant churches, reach out to the poor, and help people become followers of Jesus. Rev Steinberg added: "The result will be transformed leaders and more people knowing Jesus."