During the last month of this year TLI staff will be sharing stories of how God has used us in 2014. Enjoy! Today comes from Paul Smith.
In January 2014 TLI had our first training session in northern Ghana. In the middle of the week, the local organizer received a call from the head of a local denomination. One of the denomination's pastors had been attending our training and for a variety of reasons, the denominational head wanted us to forbid that pastor from attending the rest of the training. We politely but firmly refused.
Our next training session was in June 2014. As the training dates drew near, the local organizer again received a call from the same denominational head. The denominational head was so impressed with the growth demonstrated by the pastor that had attended our training against his wishes that he wanted to know how many pastors from his denomination he could send to TLI's training in June!
Based on the observable practical and theological growth in pastors who had attended our training in January, that denomination went from being one of our biggest opponents to one of the biggest supporters of our training in northern Ghana. Christians in northern Ghana can affirm, TLI training works!
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.