Last week we received a copy of the following email sent out to the global “GProCommission” network of pastoral trainers.
Kenyan Churches Strengthened with MentorLink Resources
“With explosive numeric growth but few trained pastors, Christ’s Church in the great continent of Africa has been described by African leaders as “a mile wide and an inch deep”—a description which can fit many congregations anywhere. Kenyan pastoral trainer Pastor Alia Tasse rejoices over the rampant church planting in Africa. At the same time, he is concerned about the lack of theologically sound, trained pastors to lead these multiplying but fledgling church plants. Discipleship is vital to the survival and health of the local church, especially since many new believers face persecution from their family members, communities and even extremist groups.
In the face of this great need, the Lord led Pastor Tasse to launch a pastoral training center for both rural and urban pastors called Lifeway Mission International (LMI). LMI is “passionately committed to making disciples who make disciples by engaging with local communities to meet the immediate needs of the people.”
When Pastor Tasse conceived of LMI over twenty years ago, his region of Northern Kenya was home to 22 unreached people groups. Now LMI is working with 26 unreached people groups while operating in thirty countries. They have assisted indigenous groups in the planting of over 10,000 churches–churches which have impacted over 500,000 unreached people –and they train approximately 4,000 pastors yearly. LMI utilizes two instrumental training resources from MentorLink International, which are character driven and based on the life and leadership of Jesus.
Watch or read our interview with Pastor Tasse, access free downloads of the MentorLink International resources, and let us know what action steps you feel prompted to take in your own discipleship efforts, so we can encourage you.”
Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)