Trip By: Action International Ministries
Location: Multiple Countries, Multiple Regions
When: Customizable: Jan-Dec 2020
The ACTION Pastoral Leadership Development Team travels worldwide several times a year to conduct seminars and pastor’s conferences. Consider joining them and serve the global church!
This is an opportunity designed for North American pastors, church leaders and seminary or Bible school students interested in traveling internationally with our USA or Canadian-based missionaries to conduct leadership training and seminars in strategic locations to strengthen local churches.
Overview: “There is an average of 178,000 people coming to Christ daily around the world. Seven thousand new church leaders are needed daily to care for the growing church. Eight-five percent of the churches of the world are led by people who have no formal training in theology or ministry. Leaders from every non-Western region say their number one need is leadership training.” (Serving with Eyes Wide Open, David Livermore). ACTION Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) missionaries travel several times a year for 2-3 weeks at a time to conduct Scripture-saturated, Christ-exalting seminars with hundreds of needy pastors around the world. Past trips have been to Africa, Bhutan, Cuba, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and South America. Our missionaries are seeking other pastors and seminary students to join them in this vital work by accompanying them on ministry trips!
Q & A with ACTION PLD missionary leaders:
1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the team member to accomplish while serving with you?
Team members coming on a trip with us will be given the privilege of talking to national pastors and hearing their stories. They will learn about culture by being a good listener. Opportunities will be given to team members to help teach and share their testimonies. Teaching sessions on a doctrinal area would also be a possibility.
2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to the team members to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?
• The faithfulness of God and His Sovereign care for His children. All of these pastors are very poor, so the team members can learn how to trust God in spite of poverty and persecution.
• We tell those who come and teach with us that we may teach the Truth of God’s Word to hungry pastors, but these pastors teach us so much more by their living example of Truth in action!
• The ACTION PLD team has been “champions” for missions for years, encouraging youth and adults to prayerfully consider where they may fit in God’s mission to reach the lost. Team members will benefit from serving alongside these men and exploring their own calling in ministry
3. What criteria do you use to measure the effectiveness of an team member who joins you for a PLD trip?
The following questions help us know how effective a team member is: What is my heart’s attitude about what I am doing? Why am I doing this? How well am I communicating God’s Word in my actions? Am I willing to go the “second mile”? Do I demonstrate a trust in God in all things?
4. What would a typical day look like?
The trips usually include 3-5 day seminars in 2 or 3 locations. Many of the pastors don’t speak English, so interaction is somewhat limited. Team members would teach one or two sessions a day on a selected topic. PLD missionaries accompanying them on the trip would help the team member develop this. When applicable, we may visit other ministry sites or churches and an team member could possibly share their testimony.
5. Please list specific skills an team member may expect to develop by the end of the trip.
Cross-cultural sensitivity and communication in ministry; teaching skills; how to prepare a lesson for mentor group study; an understanding of the conditions that these pastors are facing and how we can pray for them, learning to trust God for funds, energy and wisdom!