ABOUT TLI

Where We Work

Training Leaders International trains pastors around the world, partnering with local leaders who have invited us to provide the theological training pastors and leaders desperately need. We meet this need through modular training, international church plants, teaching in formal schools, and planting schools.

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Brazil / Atibaia

Escola de Pastores da PIB de Atibaia

TLI partners with the First Baptist Church of Atibaia (PIBA) in Atibaia, Brazil. Since 2013 TLI has provided consulting, support, and instructors to help them start their own church-based seminary (EPPIBA). Students receive both academic training and supervised ministry experience as a PIBA elder mentors them over the course of four   […]

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Ethiopia / Bishoftu

Non-Formal Context

Pastor Tesfaye Nenko Edema, TLI's national partner in Ethiopia, helped to start this TLI training site at the location of an old girls' school originally built by Scandinavian Lutheran missionaries. To do this he recruited the help of a local denomination which partners to both host and populate the classes.   […]

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Ethiopia / Hawassa

Non-Formal Context

Pastor Tesfaye Nenko Edema, TLI's national partner in Ethiopia, helped to start this TLI training site at the location of an old girls' school originally built by Scandinavian Lutheran missionaries. To do this he recruited the help of a local denomination which partners to both host and populate the classes.   […]

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Ghana / Northern Region

Non-Formal Context

Northern Ghana is the religious border between Islam dominated north Africa and Christian dominated south Africa. Training Leaders International is partnering with Community Life Church to train church planters in this critical, Christian-minority area. In January 2018, we will be graduating our first cohort. Currently, the plan is   […]

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Haiti / Croix-des-Bouquets

Biblical Institute of Croix-des-Bouquets

TLI's national partner in Haiti, Pastor Jean Garry Auguste, leads a fledgling seminary called the Biblical Institute of Croix-des-Bouquets (IBC) in a large suburb of Port-au-Prince. The school offers a certificate, diploma, and graduate diploma in theological studies, with TLI supporting in the latter two programs. There are a total of   […]

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India / Uttar Pradesh

Formal Context

At 210 million, Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India and larger than most countries worldwide. Seeing the tremendous need for vibrant, Biblical churches, TLI partners with a faithful church in Lucknow, UP, to establish a 3-year, Hindi language, church-based M.Div. program. This seminary started with a cohort of   […]

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India / Vijayawada

Non-Formal Context

We are continuing to partner with Vijay Meesala and the work he is doing through Reach All Nations. RAN does a 40-day training program and from which Vijay selects certain pastors to participate in our training. This is the second cohort (27 pastors), with a projected graduation of January 2020. Our   […]

New Opportunity

Japan / Nagoya

Christ Bible Seminary

Christ Bible Seminary is a recently established graduate-level theological seminary in central Japan. It offers the M.Div., M.A., and a one-year certificate in Christian Studies. Its purpose is to train a new generation of leaders -- pastors, teachers, church planters, missionaries, counselors, youth workers, and others -- for the   […]

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Liberia / Monrovia

Non-Formal Context

TLI's largest training site is located in Monrovia, Liberia. Our national partner, Dyonah Thomas, founded the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) and has been involved with training pastors and church leader throughout the region before partnering with us. Through our partnership, Dyonah’s goal is to provide a more structured   […]

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Malawi

Non-Formal Context

In the spring of 2017, TLI scouted a possible site in Malawi and met with Moses Nkhata. Moses could be pastoring in a larger city in southeastern Africa, but has felt God call him to continue in rural Malawi, training and resourcing pastors in small villages. Moses has identified approximately   […]

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Middle East

Sovereign Grace Project

In partnership with Sovereign Grace Churches in the Midwest-Northwest Region, we are training 10 pastors from a closed country. The churches sacrificially give to fund the entire training and provide one pastor each trip to teach a course in conjunction with a TLI staff member.

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Philippines / Mindanao

Non-Formal Context

In Digos City, on the island of Mindanao, we are working to train 50+ pastors and church leaders.TLI is conducting a non-formal, pastor training program designed to build and strengthen the church in this 7,107-island Southeast Asian nation. The pastors in the program come from various areas around the island. Most   […]

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Philippines / Luzon

Non-Formal Context

In partnership with a Filipino leader who works to train rural "village" pastors, TLI will begin a new, non-formal training location on the northern island of Luzon just a few hours outside of Manila. New Tribes Philippines has a camp near Olongapo used for training their national and international missionaries,   […]

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Romania / Sighet

Non-Formal Context

A remote northern city on the border with Ukraine, Sighet is home to two Baptist churches who host the training for eighteen students. Most of the students are lay leaders who work full-time jobs as farmers, and have little opportunity for training in preaching or for formal theological education. Yet, because   […]

School Plant

Serbia / Novi Sad

Baptist Theological School of Novi Sad

Within the Baptist Union of Serbia, the Baptist Theological School has been operating since 1939. However, with the chaos of the Balkan wars and changing country geographies, the school has undergone much upheaval. The Serbian Baptist Union, in strong cooperation with TLI, is working to rebuild the spiritual legacy of the   […]

Global Partner

South Africa / Cape Town

Non-Formal Context

One of our global partners will be serving churches in the townships of the Western Cape. His work with pastors will have the specific focus of equipping expository preachers of Christ through weekly Preaching Fellowships.

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South Asia

Non-Formal Context

TLI ministers in this limited-access country. At one time the nation was closed to all Christian witness and missionary activity. Since 1990, restrictions have increased once again, and today many believers are persecuted in various ways. It is estimated that now there are only 13,000 evangelical Christians (1.8% of the population)   […]

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Tanzania / Tarime

East Africa Christian College

EACC was formed two years ago to provide training for pastors in the underserved Tarime region of northwest Tanzania along the Kenyan border. Significant gospel advances in recent years have resulted in numerical growth for churches in this area, but EACC is the only institution of its kind providing in-depth pastoral   […]

New Opportunity

Thailand / Chiang Mai

Asia Biblical Theological Seminary

Asia Biblical Theological Seminary, in partnership with ABWE International and Cornerstone University, makes available graduate level theological education to eligible national church leaders and foreign missionaries ministering in Asia. Since 1983, this program has provided the opportunity to earn master's degrees from Cornerstone University while remaining in Asia. ABTS aims   […]

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Togo / Lomé

École Supérieure Baptiste de Théologie

In Lomé (Togo), TLI partners with the École Supérieure Baptiste de Théologie de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ESBTAO). This African-led seminary is the denominational school for Baptist churches throughout Francophone Western Africa. ESBTAO is a formal theological site which confers Bachelors (the equivalent of an American Associates Degree) and Licensure Degrees (the   […]

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Uganda / Kampala

Africa Renewal University

In Africa Renewal University in Kampala, Uganda, we serve to supplement the educational development of their certificate programs during their holiday terms. Our work is significant, given the aim of training and mentoring pastors. We send teams three times a year to teach modular classes in the university. The   […]

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Uganda / Gulu

Non-Formal Context

We work with a group of churches from Wisconsin who have committed to fill all teachers necessary for our trips. Our national partner is the staff of Tutapona Trauma Counseling. Many of the students we work with have gone through Tutapona's trauma rehab program and are leading churches in the   […]

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United States / Minneapolis, MN

Non-Formal Context

In partnership with the North American Mission Board, we have begun training migrant leaders in Minneapolis from primarily a Hmong background. Many pastors who are first-generation immigrants do not have access to the opportunities around them for training and education. These ministry leaders find themselves in a similar position to those   […]

Global Partner

Vietnam / Hanoi

Hanoi Bible College

Hanoi Bible College serves the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North), which includes the Red River Delta region and the northern highland provinces. The majority of students are Hmong, but the ethnic Vietnamese and other minority groups are also represented. Due to significant growth of the church in recent decades, the church   […]