Below is a gallery of national and international pastors. We ask you to join us in praying for these ministers of the gospel and their families.
MissionsNOW seeks to expose and disperse the darkness by increasing the Light of Christ shining forth in the world. We believe that we can increase the Light in some of the darkest corners of the world by raising awareness and by raising up and strengthening pastors, ministers, & churches around the world. We believe our main role is to resource indeginous pastors who already know the language and the culture. We beleive nationals can penetrate into areas that would be somewhat inaccessible to foreign missionaries. For the cost of sending one missionary from the west, the church could resource 30-50 indigenous / national pastors.
According to Training Leaders International, there are approximately 5 million pastors outside of the United States (most of which live and operate on less than $2/day). The majority of these pastors have no access to theological training. This situation has been described as a "theological famine." TLI lists the following statistics on their site.
Ratio of theologically trained pastors to people in the United States: 1:230
Ratio of theologically trained pastors to people outside of the U.S.: 1:450,000
MissionsNOW beleives that the Word of God and the Holy Spirit are all that is necessary for effectiveness in ministry, however; we also believe that we are to train, help and resource church leaders if able to do so. We see Paul and others laboring to strengthen the church and its leaders throughout the New Testament. We also know from experience that church leaders and churches around the world are longing and looking for guidance and assistance in theology, church growth, and outreach.
"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, P. 41)