What is PTI’s Vision?
What Are PTI’s Immediate Plans?
Why is Pastor Training so badly needed?
What Research has PTI Undertaken?
How is PTI Distinct from Other Organisations?
Why Are Books Important?
How does PTI work with CBW?
How Does PTI Ensure the Suitability of its Training and Materials?

What is PTI’s Vision?

The Gospel has very shallow roots in many of the places where PTI is now at work. Typically, whilst many thousands are coming to faith and churches are growing exponentially fast, their leaders are finding it hard, if not impossible, to cope. Pastors are under-taught, overworked and under-resourced. As a result they are able to give their congregations little more than the milk of basic evangelistic messages. But what they, as committed, young Christians really require is the solid doctrinal food that underpins strong, growing faith and active discipleship.

This is a serious weakness that could, if not overcome urgently, prove fatal to these nascent churches as they struggle with a number of severe pressures. Externally these include theological error, worldliness, and persecution. Internally they encompass personal holiness, integrity and disunity.

With the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, PTI’s vision is to tackle this weakness, head on, knowing that Christ’s Gospel is sufficient in and of itself to do this. In practical terms, the key task we face is to ‘Teach to Preach’, or to ensure that pastors are properly equipped to preach that Gospel to their churches.

Our operational strategy is therefore to equip them to do so by providing Biblically-faithful and accurate teaching to as many pastors as we possibly can, as quickly as we possibly can. We need to bear in mind, moreover, that the vast majority of those we seek to serve live in remote rural areas, have never had formal theological training and have no other realistic means of getting it.

Our tried and tested threefold solution to this problem involves, firstly, offering in-country training conferences. These are backed up by distance mentoring to reinforce this teaching over the longer term. Finally we provide a small library of key theological and pastoral texts to ensure pastors’ continued spiritual growth.

If, by God’s grace, our vision is fulfilled and we are able to overcome this major weakness, we will see churches across the Developing World transformed. Solidly and faithfully taught by well-equipped and well-resourced leaders, their members will grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus, in turn making them fruitful disciples of and evangelists for his consuming fire. It is, moreover, a recipe for fruitful, growing churches everywhere.

And our vision is urgent. Our warehouses are already groaning, full of books. Our trainers and distance mentors are ready, willing and able to start work – now – in this huge harvest field. But we lack many of the resources we need, especially money to pay for air fares and many other incidental expenses. So if you embrace PTI’s vision, could you join us in making a real difference as, together, we equip the church in the Developing World to catch fire?

We work only where we are invited and also seek to train the trainers of the future. We are committed to evangelical truth and the Reformed confessions but have no denominational affiliations and are happy to work with all our brothers and sisters who need our help.

The other huge need is to develop the other key aspect of PTI’s ministry, which is personal tuition and mentoring work.

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What Are PTI’s Immediate Plans?

The major focus of PTI’s ministry is on the ongoing extension of its “Teach to Preach” training seminars across the poorest parts of the world. Led by trainers who have an intimate knowledge of the specific needs of local pastors they integrate Biblically-founded teaching with practical group work. At the end of each seminar, pastors receive a carefully selected, totally relevant package of books.

The other huge need is to develop the other key aspect of PTI’s ministry, which is personal tuition and mentoring work.

PTI is concentrating its activities initially in the poorest areas of this region.

Why is Pastor Training So Badly Needed?

Many new churches in Africa are led by men with little or no formal pastoral training. They are often responsible for multiple churches and are involved in other ministries. Only a handful benefit from even the most basic support from evangelists and other church workers. Few will ever be able to learn at a Bible college or seminary or have access to the modern technology they need to undertake distance learning courses.

Some pastors have a very limited understanding of the teaching of God’s Word. As a result they are ill-equipped to disciple believers and their ministries tend to focus on evangelism. Their congregations therefore have to survive on a diet of basic evangelistic messages that largely fail to lead them towards real spiritual growth and maturity.

Under the guidance of trainers with acknowledged experience of and expertise in Africa and other cultures, PTI seeks to increase the depth of these pastors’ own understanding – and then their teaching of others. This is achieved through its own training programmes and by forging partnerships with other like-minded Christian organisations.

If these pastors are to receive the training essential to disciple their flocks effectively, the only realistic option is to do it where they live and work. This means that PTI must come to them. The scale of the need is vast, as there are currently about 120,000 ‘lay’ church workers in Francophone Africa alone.

What Research has PTI Undertaken?

Before beginning its formal work, PTI spent a year researching the current situation of the church in the Developing World and how best to serve it. This included visiting many counties across sub-Saharan Africa as we worked out how best to help, train and equip these churches. Many church leaders in the Developing World, from a variety of denominations, have requested further help from PTI as a direct result. Various Christian organisations, experts in mission and training, have been involved, too. Most have confirmed the need and offered helpful advice. A full list of these parties and organisations is enclosed.

Mission think-tanks
The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Operation World
The Whitfield Institute

Global Connections

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

Mission Houses
Africa Inland Mission
A.I.M. International
WEC International
Unevangelised Fields Mission
Action Partners
Mission Africa
Grace Baptist Mission

Preachers’ Help
Proclamation Trust
NGA – Luis Palau
African Pastors Fellowship
Carlile College, Nairobi
KEST, Kampala
George Whitfield College
Navigators, Nigeria
Harvesters International Ministries
Spurgeon’s College

Langham (Evangelical Literature Trust)
ACTS (Mission Africa / Action Partners)
Christian Books for Africa
The Rushworth Enterprise

Wycliffe / SIL

Churches Abroad
Gaba Community Church/Africa Renewal Ministries (Uganda)
Living Seed (Nigeria)
New Kigali Church (Rwanda)
Assemblies Of God (Burkina Faso)
Evangelical Protestant Church of Mali
Libramont Church, Belgian Evangelical Mission

Banner of Truth Trust
OM Literature
Christian Focus Publications
DayOne Publications
Evangelical Press
International Bible Society
Revival Movement & Every Home Crusade
Grace Publications Trust
EMW Bryntyrion
Chapel Library
Hodder and Stoughton
Desiring God Ministries
The Good Book Company

How is PTI Distinct from Other Organisations?

Many church leaders across Africa and other parts of the developing world lack good role models on how to expound and teach the Bible. The result is that many do not have a good understanding of proper Biblical Theology. That in turn means that they tend to read the Bible in the ‘flat’, with little understanding of God’s progressive revelation and fulfilment in Jesus Christ.

Experience shows one of the greatest needs of churches in the Developing World is for their many thousands of pastors to be properly equipped to carry out the basic tasks of studying, expounding and applying Scripture. This is not, fundamentally, a matter of academic education. Instead it means practical training in good, basic Bible-handling skills in dependence on the Holy Spirit. PTI is distinctive because it is one of very few organisations concentrating solely on this key task.

PTI’s approach to training is distinctive, too. This is because it takes a three layered, synergetic approach. Training conferences are supported by specifically targeted books and then delegates have access to a mentor who provides further guidance and relevant literature.

Eventually, pastors build up personal libraries of about 40 books when the process ceases. All conference delegates are asked to provide confidential yearly detailed fee-back on the effectiveness of training received.

In practice, PTI works by sponsoring trainers who are themselves pastors or theologians with a teaching gift and international experience. They conduct regular, short term training conferences in overseas locations which develop pastors’ teaching and preaching skills. This is achieved primarily through practical ‘Training Workshops’.

In due course additional training is offered to those pastors who show a willingness and ablity to teach others. The ultimate aim is therefore to secure a permanent supply of indigenous trainers. Eventually, they will be encouraged and resourced to conduct similar workshops in their own areas for fellow pastors.

Why Are Books Important?

As well as training, these pastors desperately need suitable books, too, so they may grow in their knowledge of scripture and how to teach it to their churches. The problem is that some volumes can do more harm than good, either because they are not true to the Bible or because they are culturally irrelevant to the recipients.

False teaching is a poison in the life of any church, and it is imperative that those who desire to preach the Word accurately should be trained to expose error as well as expound truth. PTI recognises this danger, so it takes the greatest care to send them only the best and most suitable publications.

We provide books, at locally affordable prices, as an integral, ongoing part of each and every training module. They are chosen for their doctrinal soundness, exegetical accuracy and expository potential. They are, therefore, essential practical aids to study and preaching.

How does PTI work with CBW?

PTI and CBW are complementary missions. Both seek to help pastors in the developing world to preach and feed their people with sound exegetical biblical truth.  

PTI does this by training and mentoring untrained pastors through local conferences. CBW seeks to supply sound literature in English or the vernacular.  

Whilst both missions respond to invitations, which means they work in different locations, CBW is determined to furnish materials either for PTI conferences or for use by pastors after PTI has passed on to new areas.

How Does PTI Ensure the Suitability of its Training and Materials?

The Ministry Board ensures spiritual quality control by overseeing the selection of literature and trainers, thereby preventing historic, orthodox biblical Christianity from being compromised. The Board comprises theologians, pastors and teachers who all fully adhere to the aims and doctrinal basis of PTI.

Members of the Ministry Board have the necessary knowledge and people skills to ensure that only trainers with the appropriate experience and communication skills are sent out to equip disadvantaged indigenous pastors.

Ministry Board members also possess the breadth of knowledge required to identify the most suitable books for each area of training. They also ensure that only literature that totally satisfies the needs of local pastors is provided. So an excellent book, doctrinally speaking, might be rejected if it contained over-long sentences or too-complex grammatical structures, for example.