What’s more important, a piece of paper saying you’ve completed a course of study, or proven ability to do what that course of study taught? Entrust’s Dr. John Jusu says a major shift is underway, causing educators to consider the relative value of credentials as opposed to competence. For more on how this impacts church leadership education, read on.
Christianity that spreads rapidly but doesn’t make a difference in how people live is sometimes described as “a mile wide and an inch deep.” Thus, African Christians serving with Entrust have chosen to call their leadership development initiative More than a Mile Deep (MMD).
From philosophy to curriculum, from course writing to course facilitation, MMD is entirely African directed. The training is accredited and non-formal. Each course is designed with biblical integrity and with the intent of individual, church and community transformation. Many of the courses utilize Action-Reflection-Action (ARA) methodology.
Find out more about MMD and lives impacted by the training at the link below.
Samuel Ajayi Crowther would fit right in with More than a Mile Deep (MMD), Entrust’s ministry partner in Africa.
Ajayi Crowther was born in Nigeria in 1809, sold into slavery at about age 12, bound off to South America, freed before he got there by the British and returned to Sierra Leone (not his home country). In Sierra Leone, he became a Christian, a Bible teacher and eventually a missionary back to his homeland, taking dangerous ministry trips up the Niger River. He became the first Anglican bishop in Africa.
Bishop Crowther emphasized true repentance and obedience to Christ, not what some would call “cheap grace.” He aimed to equip local leaders to carry on the ministry. He sought holistic transformation – helping to establish schools and local businesses wherever he went – while keeping the gospel central to all he did.
That’s MMD! Check it out at www.entrust4.org/mmd.
Four key leaders in your church are caring for family members who have HIV/AIDs, while two of your elders have just been diagnosed with the disease. Many of the teens in your church can’t afford to go to school, are unemployed and have lots of time on their hands. Ethnic and tribal strife threaten to undo unity in the congregation.
Sound familiar? Maybe not so much if you live in North America. But for a pastor in southern Africa, this is all too familiar. Entrust’s African ministry partner, More than a Mile Deep (MMD), provides African church leaders with ministry training – training designed by Africans for Africans. Learn more about it.
On the grass under a shade tree or in a non-descript apartment in a giant concrete building, ministry-minded leaders gather in varied learning environments with Entrust and our partners.
In Arthur Alard’s case in South Africa, learning takes place in a brick-and-mortar setting – International College of Bible and Missions (ICBM). Arthur served as academic dean and is now the principal of ICBM. He serves as the chief executive officer, guides the faculty, preaches in chapels and teaches.
ICBM welcomed 116 new students in 2016 and is praying for 200 students in 2017. 137 students are registered as of the first term of 2017; most from the Soweto and Roodeport areas of Johannesburg.
“We are excited about the discipleship and mentoring opportunities God gave us last year,” Arthur says, “and we are looking forward to ministering to even more students this year.”
In addition to his duties at ICBM, Arthur is pursuing a PhD in Theology through North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. His thesis is tentatively entitled A Biblical Theology of the Role of the Man in the Context of Family and Church in Post-Apartheid South Africa. “A proper understanding of the biblical role of the man in post-apartheid South Africa is paramount,” Arthur says, “because where good male role models exist in society, there will be evidence of transformation and hope in communities even though social challenges remain.”
Read more at www.entrust4.org/201703SL
Rachel Wilson, who serves with SIM in Ethiopia, traveled in December to introduce Entrust’s “Facilitating Relational Learning” (FRL) to Sunday School teachers and other church workers. Her report is beautiful.
“My trip to Saula, Ethiopia, was a stretching experience. I learned a lot about myself, what it is like to be the only white person (“ferenji”) and have someone translate for me while trying to facilitate.
“The 20 ladies in the training ranged from ages 13 to 38 and they were amazing. I loved hanging out with them during break times, singing songs in Amharic or Gofa (the local dialect). They had great discussion times and asked really good open questions when they did their practice facilitations.
“Please pray for these ladies as they take FRL back to their homes and churches. Pray for the courage to do something different and that it will be accepted and others will want to follow their suit.”
Civic leaders in Burundi are gaining and passing along biblical leadership skills! How? Why? Read on!