Initiative: Train leaders for community transformation
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15–16
God calls us to share our stories of faith. As part of World Mission’s call to address international evangelism around the world, we invite individuals and congregations to consider engaging more deeply in the work of international evangelism: sharing the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
One of the most effective ways to grow the Church around the globe is to train local leaders to address the specific challenges they face in their own community, whether hunger, a natural disaster, injustice or the persecution of the Christian community. Our global partners have challenged U.S. Presbyterians to help equip their leaders to become agents of transformation—not with imported, “cookie cutter” solutions, but with training that enables leaders to reflect theologically and to lead their community towards local solutions. This movement, “Train Leaders for Community Transformation” will focus on holistic leader training that can lead to life-changing solutions for the world God so loves.
i) Equipping pastors and church leaders with sound reformed theological education that empowers them to address pressing local needs and challenges.
ii) Leader training that combines theological education with the development of practical skills such as agricultural development, literacy training, health, conflict resolution, teaching, and peace-building.
iii) Leaders trained in Community Health Evangelism to address the overall health of the community—basic health, hygiene, food security and respect for human rights, all while sharing the Good News of the Gospel.
Presbyterian World Mission wants to engage US Presbyterians to work with our global partners in these ways, supporting our global partners as they work to train and equip their pastors to be agents of transformation in their communities.
What can you do?
We are providing this handy list of 10 things you or your congregation can do to partner with World Mission on evangelism. You may feel free to print this out and share it with your friends or your church.
You can also contact Haemin Lee and get involved! Haemin will have ideas for what you can do to help tell the world about the saving love of Christ, and how you can help promote this initiative with us around the world.
Contact: Haemin Lee, International Evangelism Catalyst or call 502-569-5262. He is available to speak to Presbyteries, congregations, and groups of Presbyterians.
About Haemin Lee
Haemin Lee grew up in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from Yonsei University in 2002 He has an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Emory University focused on mission and evangelism. Lee has traveled to more than 70 countries working for the NGO Korea Food for the Hungry International. He has taught at Kumi University in Uganda and the Youth Theological Initiative at Emory and has served PC(USA) Asian, African, and Hispanic pastorates as a Presbyterian minister.
DearLee, Greetings in the name of my Lord Jesus. I am a pastor of a newly established small local church in Bangladesh under chittagong district. I serve God through the church planting, correspondence Bible course and nursing few slum children. Please pray for us. If you have any seminar, documentary, lesson anything which will help me to serve Him more effectively, please consider me. May God bless you. Servant of Chris, Ajoy Kumar Das Pastor Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church Chittagong, Bangladesh.