The initial five year training program in Honduras was completed in 2008. Presently, training is taking place in this country under the leadership of the team that was established there with the Baptist Convention. There are four second-generation training sites and three third-generation sites being conducted by the Honduran trainers. One church is actually in its fourth generation of training their own "Timothys”.
During the annual fall conferences of 2010 upwards of 200 pastors and their church leaders who have been trained by LeadersFor and blessed by its ministry, participated. Many others could not attend.
The LeadersFor first-generation in Honduras prepared their strategy for Central America and called it the 7-7-7 plan. This stands for seven countries—six in Central America and Mexico—all having seven groups of pastors studying and seven leading churches able to certify pastors in this paradigm of church-based ministry training and theological education.
This group, which has about 22 pastors, are studying more leadership courses and some are preparing to be certified by the "Antioch School" of BILD.
The Guatemala project began the first cohort in March 2009. The teaching in this group of 15 leaders is done almost entirely by our Honduran trainers. The courses are taught at the Canaan Baptist Church in Chimaltenango.
Another group of pastors from the capital began meetings in May 2011. This is a great step forward as pastors see their role as trainers of potential leaders.
The EL Salvador project started in 2009. About 20 pastors from the capital and its satellites have been meeting to learn, and then to prepare their own leaders.
The group meets three to four times a year in Calcutta at the William Carey Baptist Church and Seminary. The work is a blessing to about 40 participants most of whom are pastors.
The work is being done in one community. There is discussion about taking similar training to other village pastors in the area, many of whom are not as proficient in English and would need different material and support. Pray for the logistics and for funding, and a vision for how to proceed.
This group began in May 2011. About 50 pastors are participating and will, in turn, be able to train pastors from an estimated 7,000 churches in West Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.
LeadersFor has received calls to start learning cohorts in the following countries:
• Congo, upwards of 2000 churches whose leaders must be trained to train their own leaders,
• Philippines, several churches are discussing the huge need for training of church leaders,
• India, among the Dalit people.
LeadersFor welcomes partnering churches who see the need and heed the call to join other churches in this new paradigm of missionary work and leadership development.