The Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 caused a country that was marginally Christian to seek the Lord in earnest. The result was a massive growth in new believers. But they had very few trained pastors to help lead encourage growth and plant healthy churches.
Since 2016, GraceLife College and Seminary has sought to make Reformed theological training available to every pastor, church planter, and church leader in Liberia and the Mano River Union countries. Drawing students from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, their goal is to help shape leaders of godly character who are above reproach, and who have the skills and knowledge necessary to plant and care for gospel-centered churches.
GCS offers a Bachelors in Christian Ministry, and a Master of Divinity Degree. It also engages in non-formal training at the certificate level. TLI supports GCS with training at each of these levels.
The vision of Training Leaders International brings biblical and theological content to the people best positioned to pass it on to others. Most forms of short-term mission are fraught with troubling downsides, but this pattern of transferring serious theological nourishment is enriching both parties to the glory of God.