Global Proclamation Commission
100,000 pastoral leaders | 200 countries | 10 years
“…repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations…” Luke 24.47
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What we are doing: the Overview and Outcome
At a pastors conference in Bangladesh, the trainer met a man who introduced himself as “Pastor Islam.”
“Eight months ago,” the man said, “I was a Muslim. Now I’m a pastor!”
From elsewhere comes a report of a pastor who told his congregation to climb trees to see Jesus, because that is what Zaccheus had done. In another land, a pastor did not know Jesus had promised to come back.
Large numbers of the world’s pastors (90+ percent) are untrained and therefore serve their churches with limited fruitfulness. Further, they are unconnected to each other and minister in isolation.
The Global Proclamation Commission (GProCommission) is a ten year (2010-2020) human capital campaign to provide better training to more pastors where Christ’s Church is rapidly growing--Asia, Africa and Latin America.
By connecting, uniting and strengthening pastors, the GProCommission enhances their ministry to accelerate church health in order to deliver spiritual health worldwide.
100,000 better-trained pastors and 20,000 more pastoral trainers ministering in 200 countries by 2020.
With connections, training and resources, large numbers of pastors will be strengthened to preach the Bible, train younger pastors, and disciple their congregations more effectively. It will help fulfill our vision of changing the way One Billion Individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.
How we will do it
The Global Proclamation Commission for Trainers of Pastors
Economists working on a Christian version of “corporate social responsibility” are finding that drug addiction, prostitution, alcohol use and other crime is reduced in communities where churches are healthier. Church health impacts societal health.
On the other hand, in 1994 Rwanda was the most “Christianized” country in Africa—some 90 percent of the people identified themselves as Christians. And yet, over a 100-day period, nearly 1 million people were killed in genocide there. It left the Hindu and Muslim worlds saying “if that is Christianity, we don’t want anything to do with it.”
An unhealthy church—extremely superficial and easily turned from biblical Christianity—only reinforces the misperceptions non-believers have about Christianity.
To have healthier churches we must have healthier pastors.
To have healthier pastors, we connect, unite and strengthen trainers of pastors: the human core of pastoral effectiveness.
The launching pad
The mid-decade push toward the better training of large numbers of pastors happened in June 2016. More than 2,500 trainers of pastors from 101 countries attended the historic 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers — a connecting, resourcing and planning event. This GProCongress was the first large-scale, global and strategic conference focused solely on training pastors—both through formal and non-formal training initiatives—and served as a launching pad for the Global Proclamation Commission for Trainers of Pastors for the acceleration of quality pastoral training by 2020.
The GProCommission for Trainers of Pastors is a strong, global pipeline that moves resources and relationships begun during the GProCongress to unite in purpose and vision, and to strengthen their spirits to complete the mission.
At the GProCongress, delegates were invited to train, on average, 25 pastors per year for the following four years, two of which will in turn become pastoral trainers per year. As of January 1, 2017, delegates have pledged to train 330,627 pastors by 2020.
GProConneXt.com, a robust and secure online networking platform is in place to encourage, track and report delegates’ progress toward their commitments. Already, 2,000-plus GProCongress participants have connected online, shared resources, and posted updates regarding their training commitments.
We only expect the momentum to grow. We have created online communities of interest for knowledge and experience sharing. We are working to provide translation tools for conversations, and we are adding resources regularly for the benefit of all.
Coaching relationships for strategy and accountability that began during the GProCongress also continue online, helping both individuals and groups find ways of implementing the vision in their unique contexts.
We are invested in ensuring that the network stays strong. Therefore, we are reaching out to the community at regular intervals to stir their interests in remembering and fulfilling their commitments. With this effective follow-up, we will pursue our measureable outcome: 100,000 connected, united, and strengthened pastors and 20,000 more pastoral trainers ministering in 200 countries by 2020.
The CORE of the GProCommission
Over the next four years the GProCommission for Trainers of Pastors will act as a bridge-builder between formal and nonformal training initiatives and will open avenues to champion best practices, address key challenges, grow strategic affiliations, and highlight new opportunities, all within increasing global awareness. This process will ensure ongoing implementation of the four CORE goals—first introduced at the 2016 GProCongress—well into the future.
“Our people are looking to politicians to bring change. But God in heaven is looking to you pastors and churches to bring change. You are the light. You are the salt of the earth. You are the health of our society.”
“I have been to several conferences in my pastoral life … But the Congress has been an intensive, life-changing congress. It’s very transforming and has focused me and ignited me by equipping me to implement, to share the life of Christ practically. Very real, very personal and engaging.”
“In my opinion, the outcome of the Congress surpassed many times the predictions and efforts. Even if just 25 percent of the participants remain faithful to the resolution of the Congress, the effect on the church and church planting in the next ten years is going to be substantial. I am so glad that I was part of it.”
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