Worldwide: AIP Pastoral Leadership Development
Overview: “There is an average of 178,000 people coming to Christ daily around the world. Seven thousand new church leaders are needed daily to care for the growing church. Eight-five percent of the churches of the world are led by people who have no formal training in theology or ministry. Leaders from every non-Western region say their number one need is leadership training.” (Serving with Eyes Wide Open, David Livermore). ACTION Pastoral Leadership Development missionaries travel several times a year for 2-3 weeks at a time to conduct Scripture-saturated, Christ-exalting seminars with hundreds of needy pastors around the world. Past trips have been to Africa, Bhutan, Cuba, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and South America. Our missionaries are seeking other pastors and seminary students to join them in this vital work by accompanying them on ministry trips!
1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?
Apprentices coming on a trip with us will be given the privilege of talking to national pastors and hearing their stories. They will learn about culture by being a good listener. Opportunities will be given to apprentices to help teach and share their testimonies. Teaching sessions on a doctrinal area would also be a possibility.
2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to the interns to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?
• The faithfulness of God and His Sovereign care for His children. All of these pastors are very poor, so the apprentice can learn how to trust God in spite of poverty and persecution.
• We tell those who come and teach with us that we may teach the Truth of God’s Word to hungry pastors, but these pastors teach us so much more by their living example of Truth in action!
• The ACTION PLD team has been “champions” for missions for years, encouraging youth and adults to prayerfully consider where they may fit in God’s mission to reach the lost. Apprentices will benefit from serving alongside these men and exploring their own calling in ministry
3. What criteria do you use to measure the effectiveness of an intern serving with you?
The following questions help us know how effective an intern is: What is my heart’s attitude about what I am doing? Why am I doing this? How well am I communicating God’s Word in my actions? Am I willing to go the “secondmile”? Do I demonstrate a trust in God in all things?
4. What would a typical day look like?
The trips usually include 3-5 day seminars in 2 or 3 locations. Many of the pastors don’t speak English, so interaction is somewhat limited. Interns would teach one or two sessions a day on a selected topic. PLD missionaries accompanying them on the trip would help the apprentice develop this. When applicable, we may visit other ministry sites or churches and an intern could possibly share their testimony.
5. Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.
Cross-cultural sensitivity and communication in ministry; teaching skills; how to prepare a lesson for mentor group study; an understanding of the conditions that these pastors are facing and how we can pray for them, learning to trust God for funds, energy and wisdom!
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