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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 three   […]

School Plant

Brazil / Natal

Escola Cristã de Pastores (ECP)

Have you ever wondered what it looks like for a region to see, on the one hand, significant church growth and, on the other hand, the equally striking advance of false teaching? It looks like Nordeste, the northeastern region of Brazil, where the prosperity gospel and extreme versions of liberal theology   […]

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Brazil / Tefé

Justice & Mercy Amazon (JMA)

The State of Amazonas in Brazil is a beautifully lush region known for its famous Amazon River. Many areas in this region are only accessible by boat or plane, yet the Lord is building His church in remote towns and villages along the river. In 2013 Justice & Mercy Amazon   […]

Global Partner

Cameroon / Yaoundé

Formal Context

Cameroon is the most complex nation in Africa with its 290+ language groups. In partnership with Église Baptiste Bethléem, Bethlehem College & Seminary, and Treasuring Christ Together, TLI is engaged in church-planting, the establishment of an accredited MDiv Program, the equipping of Cameroonian pastors to strategically use the TLI curriculum, and   […]

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Diaspora / Minneapolis, MN

Southtown Baptist Church

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   […]

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Diaspora / Pico Rivera, CA

First Bilingual Baptist Church

TLI is partnering with First Bilingual Baptist Church (FBBC) in Pico Rivera, California (southeast Los Angeles metro), to lead the first Spanish-speaking workshop for the newly redesigned Diaspora Training. In addition to a high value on expository preaching and teaching, FBBC has a strong heritage of cultural cooperation and unity across   […]

Training Site

Diaspora / West Des Moines, IA

Soteria Des Moines Church

TLI is partnering with Soteria Des Moines Church in West Des Moines, Iowa, to sponsor the first site of the newly redesigned Diaspora Training. Located in a rapidly developing rural corner of southeast West Des Moines, Soteria Des Moines has celebrated over five decades of faithfulness, and seeks to be known   […]

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Diaspora / Cleveland, OH

The Church at West Creek

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   […]

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Diaspora / Phoenix, AZ

Iglesia Bíblica Pan de Vida

TLI is partnering with EFCA West All Peoples Ministries (a ministry of the Evangelical Free Church in America) and Iglesia Bíblica Pan de Vida in Chandler, Arizona (suburb of Phoenix), to offer preaching workshops for Spanish-speaking pastors in the greater Phoenix area. Some participants will even be coming from Albuquerque, NM.   […]

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Diaspora / Redlands, CA

EFCA West All Peoples Ministries

TLI is partnering with EFCA West All Peoples Ministries (a ministry of the Evangelical Free Church in America), Iglesia Fuente de Vida, and Trinity Church in Redlands, CA (suburb of Los Angeles), to offer workshops for Spanish-speaking church leaders in Southern California. These workshops will be offered in Spanish and hosted   […]

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Dominican Republic

Non-Formal Context

Training Site

El Salvador / San Miguel

Non-Formal Context

TLI is partnering with La Iglesia Cristiana por la Gracia de Dios San Miguel. Pastor Job and Pastor Orlando love Christ and the church. The church is involved in several ministries to reach their community and help equip believers: Christian school, church planting, medical clinics, annual and men's and women conferences.   […]

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Ethiopia / Bishoftu

Non-Formal Context

This site graduated from our 9 course curriculum in Oct 2018. Pray for them to continue to utilize what they learned in the 3 year training and pray for the health of their churches. Local pastors are eager to launch another cohort there using TLI’s new curriculum.

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Ethiopia / Hawassa

Non-Formal Context

Pastor Tesfaye Nenko Edema, a trainer of ministers who is widely respected among many denominations, invited TLI to launch its first cohort in the Rift Valley city of Hawassa in 2015. That first cohort graduated in March 2018. He and TLI launched the second Hawassa cohort in March of 2019, using   […]

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Ethiopia / Shashemene

Non-Formal Context

A key crossroad city in southern Ethiopia, Shashemene has several churches but very few preach the true Gospel. A fledgling Bible College has two classrooms and a sparse library. The school’s president is now seeking faculty members. TLI’s non-formal program utilizes this school’s facilities to provide crucial training in Biblical interpretation   […]

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Ethiopia / Ambo

Non-Formal Context

Ambo, Ethiopia is a University town two hours west of the capital, Addis Ababa. While the Orthodox church maintains its dominant presence in the town, animism is prevalent in the small towns and villages outside of Ambo. Lacking among the educational options in Ambo is a training institution for the pastors   […]

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Ethiopia / Adama

Non-Formal Context

Training Site

Ethiopia / Addis Ababa

Non-Formal Context

Addis Ababa is a city of 5,000,000 people with a land area similar to Chicago. There are evangelical colleges and seminary options in Addis, as well as much informal missions’ activity. There remains a need, however, for a structured, non-formal training venue for the many pastors and church leaders to whom   […]

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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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Ghana / Esiama

Non-Formal Context

Formal Training options exist in Accra for those who are able to access them. For the majority of Ghanaian pastors and church leaders, however, accessing formal training remains impractical if not impossible. TLI’s Non Formal training has been investing in pastors and church leaders in Northern Ghana for nearly a decade   […]

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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   […]

School Plant

Liberia / Monrovia

Grace Life College & Seminary

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   […]

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Malawi / Liwonde

Non-Formal Context

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Theological famine is also widespread, the health and wealth gospel is prevalent, and Islam is expanding country-wide. Solid formal training options exist in Malawi’s larger cities, but these remain inaccessible to the many city and rural, bi-vocational pastors serving the local   […]

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Middle East

Non-Formal Context

In partnership with a group of U.S. Churches, we are training 10 pastors from a closed country. Each of these men has planted and pastors multiple village churches in their area. The churches sacrificially give to fund the entire training and provide one pastor each trip to teach   […]

Training Site

Moldova

Non-Formal Context

Training Site

Mongolia / Ulaan Baatar

Non-Formal Context

TLI is excited to train first-generation pastors in a location just outside the capital city of Ulaan Baatar. With the fall of Communism in 1989, the ideology that had defined life for so long collapsed and left the country in a state of confusion. But the church has been on   […]

Global Partner

Namibia / Windhoek

Formal Context

A former German colony that was passed on to South Africa, Namibia gained its independence in 1990. Sandwiched between the Namib desert and the Kalahari desert, Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. With around 2.5 million people, Namibia is a modern-day melting pot of ancient   […]

Global Partner

Pacific Rim / Oahu, Hawaii

Formal Context

Our mission in the Hawaiian Islands and other Pacific Islands is to serve and equip pastors and churches in the Hawaiian Islands for the sake of the Pacific Islands. Through a Bethlehem College & Seminary extension, informal pastoral equipping and preaching workshops, and involvement with pastoral and denominational networks in   […]

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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,   […]

School Plant

Serbia / Novi Sad

Baptist Theological School of Novi Sad

Within the Baptist Union of Serbia, the Baptist Theological School (BTS) has been operating since 1939. However, with the chaos of the Balkan wars in Yugoslavia and changing country geographies, the school has undergone much upheaval, opening and closing throughout the decades. TLI Global Partner Dwayne Baldwin is working alongside Dr.   […]

Training Site

Sierra Leone / Freetown

Non-Formal Context

Training Site

Sierra Leone / Makeni

Non-Formal Context

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.

Training Site

South Africa / Queenstown

Non-Formal Context

There are many good options for theological training in the major population centers of South Africa. But, since most rural pastors in South Africa are bi-vocational and extremely poor, access to these institutions is difficult. This is especially true in the Eastern Cape. TLI hopes to make a dent in this   […]

Training Site

South Asia I

School of Theology

Seeing the tremendous need for vibrant, biblical churches, TLI partners with a faithful church to establish a 3-year, church-based M.Div. program. This seminary started with a cohort of 12 men and trains pastors to plant churches, preach the Word, and shepherd God’s people in their context. TLI provides teaching staff who   […]

Training Site

South Asia II

Non-Formal Context

We are continuing to partner with an experienced local ministry. They have a 40-day training program from which our partner selects certain pastors to participate in our training. This is the second cohort (27 pastors), with a projected graduation of July 2019. Our work here is strategic given the deep need   […]

Training Site

South Asia III

Non-Formal Context

Seeing the tremendous need for vibrant, biblical churches, TLI partners with a faithful church to restart our non-formal training with a second cohort of ministry leaders from surrounding villages. The partner church is a hub of faithful theological training and pastoral care for these fledgling and growing churches.

Global Partner

Sweden / Gothenburg

International Church Context

Sweden is considered one of most secular countries in the world. Although the Reformation and the state Lutheran church left an imprint on Swedish culture, what remains today is an empty shell of Christianity, devoid of the gospel and impotent to save souls. Sweden has a desperate need for   […]

Training Site

Tanzania / Mwanza

Nassa Theological College

Nassa Theological College serves the needs for Bible Training of the African Inland Churches, Tanzania (AICT). The AICT is one of the largest protestant Christian denominations in Tanzania, with over 2,000 churches, 600 ordained pastors and 2000 evangelists. It is estimated that 90% of these leaders have little to no formal   […]

Global Partner

Thailand / Chiang Mai

Asia Biblical Theological Seminary

Asia Biblical Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University, in cooperation with multiple mission organizations, makes available graduate level theological education to eligible Christian leaders serving in Asia. Since 1983, this program has provided the opportunity to earn master’s degrees from Cornerstone University while remaining in Asia. ABTS aims to accomplish its   […]

Training Site

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   […]

Training Site

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   […]

Global Partner

Ukraine / Kyiv

Kyiv Theological Seminary

Twenty-nine years of political and religious freedom in Ukraine have provided tremendous opportunities for the spread of the gospel, and many who have experienced spiritual thirst have come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. Believers today need spiritual meat, discipleship, and deeper biblical study. Unfortunately, after 70 years of   […]

Global Partner

United Arab Emirates / Abu Dhabi / Dubai

Gulf Theological Seminary

Gulf Theological Seminary trains pastors and church planters for the 10/40 Window. We are affiliated with gospel-centered churches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We began offering classes in 2015, and our innovative church-dependent pastoral education curriculum launched with the 2016-17 first-year cohort. We are working in partnership with international seminaries and   […]

Global Partner

United Arab Emirates / Dubai

International Church Context

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   […]

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