We asked some of our pastor training leaders in Myanmar, Peru, Pakistan, and Uganda to help us compile a “global pastor profile” – characteristics that describe the average pastor who goes through AMG-supported training opportunities in these countries.
As one leader pointed out, every pastor’s situation is unique, and the circumstances of a pastor in a large city vary greatly from the pastor ministering in a refugee camp in a war-torn area. However, this composite “pastor profile” helps illustrate that while many of these men work diligently and are zealous to preach the Gospel, they often lack the resources to improve their knowledge of God’s Word on their own. AMG-supported pastor training initiatives help fill in the gaps, so that the message of Christ may be shared more accurately and effectively throughout the world.
• He is married and has anywhere from 2-9 children (larger families are the norm). His age may vary quite a bit — AMG trains pastors ranging in age from young adults to men in their 70s.
• He is supported by his congregation, and may work as a farmer or teacher to supplement his income and take care of his family’s needs.
• He most likely pastors a smaller church of 50 or 60 people, although his congregation may be much larger than that.
• He probably has little to no formal education, and part of his pastor training may include learning how to read and write. (The pastors in Myanmar are an exception, as they have a much greater degree of education.) However, he speaks more than one language – an ethnic or tribal language, an official language in his home country, and maybe even some English.
• He has few scholarly ministry resources of his own, if any, and may not even know what a dictionary or a concordance is. He does have a Bible, although it may not be complete or in his native language.
• In Myanmar, pastors attend one training session a year over the course of three years to discover the importance of discipleship and receive hands-on instruction.
• In Peru, pastors who come from aural (learn by hearing) cultures are learning the storytelling method to study and memorize God’s Word, which they use to train and disciple others.
• In Pakistan, Grace Bible College provides a four-year formal educational opportunity for pastors to study the Bible in its entirety, while also taking classes in preaching, discipleship and church planting.
• In Uganda, pastors participate in three units of instruction in a small group setting to learn effective methods for the study, application, and exegesis of Scripture, and demonstrate their newfound knowledge in a practical preaching examination. Pastors also have the opportunity to attend a multi-day training conference where they can gain a greater understanding of the Bible and encourage one another.
Thank you for your part in training pastors around the world to “rightly divide the word of truth!”