Saturday, April 19, 2008

ACTS International: Equpping Church Planters

Talking with Christian educators, I found out that some of the challenges of equipping and training leaders for the ministry in Asia today are "high cost of sending them overseas, the problem of training them in a culture different from their homeland, and the likelihood of them staying in the US/UK after their training." There is a gap in learniing ministry with and for their own people.

That's why I'm very keen to learn about different models of Christian training and educations like what's happening at Miami International Seminary and ACTS International.

From Dr Alvin Low:
More than 65% of the world’s population lives in Asia. The most urgent need is to equip national pastoral leaders in Asia for effective ministry and church planting. The pastoral leaders are crying for biblical training and resources which they can use under the unction of the Spirit to produce a lasting impact and an enduring spiritual legacy in their nations.

ACTS International Ministries is committed to fulfilling this critical need in Asia. ACTS exists to equip national pastoral leaders in Asia for effective ministry and to assist the national churches in church planting. In short, ACTS seeks to “prepare leaders,” and to “plant churches.” Our mission is based on Jesus' mandate of Matthew 28:19-20: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" and Apostle Paul's words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."

ACTS is a charitable non-profit (501c.3) organization. It is evangelical in stance, interdenominational in scope, and accountable in support. We are governed by an executive board and counseled by an outstanding advisory board. For income we follow the policy of "trusting God and informing His people". We are not privately endowed, but are dependent on the regular and sacrificial giving of God's people. Your prayers and financial support will help us make greater advances in equipping pastoral leaders for effective ministry and church planting in Asia and beyond.

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