TLI is partnering with The Church at West Creek in Parma, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland), to offer preaching workshops for diaspora pastors in Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. These workshops will be hosted primarily at Cleveland Romanian Baptist Church in Seven Hills. Parma and Seven Hills are communities with a strong Eastern European heritage, but newcomers to Northeast Ohio also include many groups from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The goal for these workshops is to gather diaspora church leaders from various backgrounds who are excited to study God’s word together and are empowered to teach it to the next generation.
I was sitting in an Amharic-speaking Ethiopian church in Minneapolis whose leaders lacked training, while at the same time we were planning two new sites in Ethiopia. There is a hidden need in western countries to train immigrant Christian leaders.