1. Why does LeadersFor need other pastors to help?
LeadersFor needs other pastors to share the teaching responsibilities, oversight of projects and to lead their churches to support the budget of LeadersFor.
2. What does it cost to do all this?
Each project has its own budget which includes printing, travel/lodging for trainees, translation. The budget does not include the travel expenses of the trainers. Project budgets range from $15K – 35K per year.
3. Can I come and visit before I commit?
Yes. There are usually three trips per year scheduled. You can leave on a Monday and return home Friday night if you wish. You can simply observe or you can teach an enrichment course of your choosing.
4. What about the language barrier?
There are several translators on hand to assist if the project requires it. You need to be able to speak through an interpreter.
5. Where is LeadersFor currently working?
Projects are currently underway in Kenya, India, the Philippines and Nigeria.
6. How many courses do you require of the leaders you train?
The first phase of leadership certification includes no less than five courses. Usually there are three courses offered per year.
7. What is the teaching format?
Courses are taught in Socratic format. The participants are required to read extensively beforehand so as to offer informed insight to group discussion. Sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 each day (Tuesday – Friday). Students are assigned projects that are graded and returned.
8. What qualifications do you require of me?
As LeadersFor employs a non-formal paradigm, your greatest contribution is your experience and ability. While a degree is usually assumed, it is not a requirement. You need to be culturally sensitive, interactive, and willing to learn. The LeadersFor coordinator will prepare you for the project.
9. Where do you get the materials?
Most of our materials are provided by BILD International (www.bild.org). These materials are presently being used in numerous regions of the world including Latin America and North America. Occasionally as the need arises, non-BILD courses can be taught as enrichment courses. We are in the process of preparing our own curriculum, incorporating manyh of the same values as the BILD materials, but specifically designed to work effectively in different cultures.
10. Can I teach some of my own material?
As you come to investigate your involvement, you can either prepare a BILD session or offer an approved enrichment course of your own. The core courses are BILD.
11. How long is a term on LeadersFor?
LeadersFor has no term. Most projects are for a five year term but as other projects are considered, terms may be varied.
12. Why can’t this job be done by a Bible College?
The Bible College movement in many countries is difficult to sustain and often too expensive and inaccessible.
13. Are the courses accredited?
BILD courses are generally recognized by numerous formal schools in North America. This accrediting relationship exists more for the leaders trained in North America where such recognition is a practical necessity. Courses taught in mission contexts are often modified and may not meet the accrediting standards of the same institutions. On the field, courses are recognized by the denomination with which LeadersFor is working and by BILD International.
14. How is LeadersFor structured?
LeadersFor teams are convened at the invitation of the LeadersFor coordinator. Participants are invited to sit as project team members with the permission of their church/agency. Meetings are usually two times per year, not including trips to the field. The coordinator of LeadersFor is a paid position. The duties of the coordinator are to plan and participate in training sessions and promote the vision and challenge of LeadersFor in Canada.
15. What are the long term goals for LeadersFor?
LeadersFor originally envisioned assisting a single church in Honduras. It became regional and then went international. The paradigm and materials are a good fit for many international contexts. We envision operating multiple projects globally.