Initiative: Train pastors 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
Faithful discipleship in a globalized world calls
us to strengthen the capacity of our global partners to witness to God’s love in Jesus. This campaign of “Train Pastors for Community Transformation” focuses on pastoral training that goes above and beyond traditional theological education which can lead to transformation of communities.
Examples include theological education complimented by practical skills like
agricultural development or teaching that will help pastors to address critical needs in their communities and help provide a living for them and their families. Other examples include pastors equipped to do literacy training, or pastors trained to do Community Health Evangelism which teaches communities basic health and hygiene while sharing the Good News of the gospel. In addition, teaching pastors skills like peace-building and reconciliation, or placing pastors in non-traditional practicum settings with social service agencies or NGOs.
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.