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Missions 101

An Appeal At The End of 2015

Dec. 16, 2015By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio


This past year marked a number of new milestones for our ministry. We graduated our first students in Greece and Romania from our three-year training program. They came from Iran, Afghanistan, Ghana, Eritrea, Nigeria and Romania. We opened our second school in Novi Sad, Serbia. Our staff and missionary force doubled in size. We published the Journal of Global Christianity and curriculum for training in 5 languages.

We have a significant year-end need of $125,000. Every year a significant amount of support comes into TLI in the final month. Read more below and go here to help. We are way behind going into the last two weeks of the year.


TLI trainings pastors in groups of 12-15 people per teacher. We meet three times a year for three years. We emphasize how to interpret the Bible, Biblical Theology, the Attributes of God and Expository Preaching. We translate the curriculum and teacher notes into the language of the students to help them have a long-term resource.  At the end of three years the pastors and leaders are better equipped to lead their churches as they can better interpret and preach scripture.


We partner with churches in the US to send missionaries to teach in formal schools. We have missionaries in Indonesia, Vietnam, Serbia, Brazil and Uganda. 

School Planting

We partner with leaders around the world to start formal schools to train pastors. We have started schools in Brazil and Serbia and are planning to start to schools in India.


Graduated Sites: Greece, Romania

Current Training Sites: India (2), Nepal, Myanmar, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Ethiopia (2), Uganda, Haiti, Tanzania, Philippines

School Plants: Brazil, Serbia, N. India

Missionaries: Serbia, Uganda, Vietnam, Brazil, Indonesia


2011 - 1 Staff Member, 0 Missionaries

2015 - 24 Staff Members, 10 Missionaries, 2 School Plants

2018 - 35 Staff Members, 25 Missionaries, 4 School Plants


2011 - 3 Short-Term Trips

2015 - 25 Short-Term Trips, 13 Training Sites, 450 Leaders Being Trained

2018 - 80 Short-Term Trips, 27 Training Sites, 1050 Leaders Being Trained


2011 - No Set Curriculum

2015 - Curriculum translated into 5 languages

2018 - Curriculum translated into 12 languages 

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

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