Though I have been to India several times, this is my first trip as a member of a TLI team. I have
participated in enough “pastor training” seminars to know that many offer little in the way of
substantive curriculum. They often feel more like a dog and pony show designed to make the foreign
pastor feel good about the mission trip but do little to strengthen the leadership of the local church.
That is what sets TLI apart. Not only is the curriculum we are teaching (Attributes of God) designed to lay
a solid theological foundation for later courses, TLI makes a long term commitment to the student
pastors. The students are challenged to interact with the biblical text so they learn how to properly
interpret passages. The course of study takes 3 years to complete, which fosters a spirit of fellowship
Heading into this week I didn’t know what to expect from TLI or the host site. Dan, the TLI staff leader, is
someone who not only has a heart for missions, he served for several years as a pastor abroad. He is
very gifted in his ability to connect with the students and engage them in the material. The host pastor
likewise has a genuine desire to help equip his fellow pastors. All said, the first two days has left me excited about what the week ahead holds. I look forward to better
knowing these brothers in faith. I think any pastor serious about wanting to do cross cultural ministry
should consider experiencing a TLI trip.