In the previous post, PTC’s basic plan for equipping people around the world was introduced. The resources needed require financial support, but no ministry can be effective without prayer. The financial considerations may be minimal in the short-term, but the need for prayer will only increase in the future. (The need for prayer will be the focus of an upcoming post.) As new training locations are developed the financial considerations will also increase, as will the need for those who will help provide training. This post will provide some insight into how PTC plans to provision these needs in three distinct ways.
First, we need individuals to partner with us. God’s provision is always made through His people who partner with Him to make a difference. God provides, in part, so we can give. Of course, some have more financial resources than others, but most can give something. We encourage you to give first to your place of worship, but we certainly realize that each $5, $10, $20, and $50 gift adds up to allow God to accomplish His purpose through us. For instance, for approximately $50 per month, we can provide internet access to two locations in Kenya to allow us to continue to train year round. That is ten people giving $5 each. Granted that is just one country, and only two locations, but what a difference just a little can make – not only in the lives of those being trained, but in their congregations, and even as encouragement to those doing the training knowing people are providing the necessary access. Of course, larger donations are welcome as we can reach more people in more places and provide more and better resources (such as a more complete theological library for each location). In addition, the need for translation will increase over time and although this will cost PTC money, it can be a source of our investing in an indigenous translator on location.
Second, we need churches to partner with us. Churches throughout the world send people on mission to partner with people and churches in remote areas around the world. These connections develop over time and often become key ministries as churches return to help the same and nearby locations which only furthers the bond of fellowship between all involved. PTC would like to capitalize on these relationships, not to replace the ministry at work, but to extend it. Again, it is not PTC’s goal to take over any ministry; rather, we intend to partner with other ministries when and where it makes sense. For some larger churches, this may simply mean using the technology we have (or put) in place to provision the training on their own. Of course, PTC may not even be needed for this provision, but over time, we do expect to have dozens, if not hundreds of people who help us train pastors around the world, which could help some churches provide more opportunities for those they are serving through their various missions. Churches may also wish to financially support their staff or specific laypersons who are a part of our training community. While PTC reserves the right to limit those who serve as trainers, we welcome, and, in fact, are building ourselves as a network of pastors and trainers who will assist us in training others. We hope that their churches will be supportive in prayer, in promotion, as well as financially.
Third, as the previous paragraph asserted, we need pastors and church leaders to partner with us. PTC is our shorthand for Pastor Training Community. We are an organization of pastors and church leaders for pastors and church leaders. We are an organization built to train and encourage one another. We are an organization that is based upon community to build community. How can pastors and church leaders help? Well, ultimately, we need people to help us train – primarily by answering questions. Again, we are partnering with a few organizations to help provide some important resources to the church leaders worldwide. However, these pastors will not have a full church library or software available to them to answer their questions. Furthermore, many may have little, if any, access to the internet when they are not gathered at the training location so they will be unable to use Google or other internet resources to help. Jesus said that much is required from those who have been given much (Luke 12.48) and PTC wants to be a conduit for helping pastors who have much partner with those who have little. But here is the twist.
We will ask those who help to train others to be a part of offsetting the cost of providing the training. (Paying while serving is NOT mandatory. Please keep reading.) The previous post shared some of the resources needed for a new location to be established. However, ongoing costs will include paying someone locally to manage the process in each location (or at least in groups of locations), translation, and internet access. The internet access should be relatively inexpensive, but will be monthly. As church leaders gather at the locations, they will need internet access to communicate with those who are providing the training (answering questions). Trainers (pastors and church leaders) who are willing to help provide the payment for these recurring expenses can help in so many ways. Let me provide a brief example based upon one location.
Let’s assume PTC can secure some level of internet access for $50 per month (this will be high for most places but represents an easy figure with which to work). Let’s now assume that 20 pastors (covering a wide range of topics) are interested in helping this location receive training. If each pastor is willing to pay $30 per year, then the internet costs for the location are covered for that year and the pastor only has to make one “monthly” payment each year. Again, it is not the intent of PTC to prevent pastors from serving if they cannot pay, and therefore donations that come from individuals and churches will offset this need. (Of course, some churches may encourage their staff to participate and pay the cost accordingly.)
The example provides a quick look at how partnership can work. A few people partnering together can make a big difference. One drop of water may not make much of a difference, but many drops, working together, over time, can change the world (see PTC’s first blog post, Hello World). We have much to do, but we cannot do it alone. I hope this post, and the previous few, have helped to make the goals and purpose of PTC a little more clear. If not, please contact us and we will try to answer your questions.
This post is the last of the series meant to serve as an introduction into the ministry of PTC as the time for our initial planning and preparation is over. By the end of January our first two locations will be live. Thus, future blog entries will begin to focus on the action of the ministry, and less on the background of it. But again, our goal is to partner with others who wish to provide quality theological training to those who have little access. So, if you have questions about our purpose or goals, if you wish to potentially partner with us as a trainer, or if you wish to donate, please contact us. Your contact will be an encouragement as we seek to move forward and make disciples who make disciples throughout the world.