Equip National Pastors

In Humility


The North American church can develop a pride complex when training national pastors. We may have the best intentions, but could be causing more harm than good. What is the best way to equip pastors from other cultures? In this session from Missio Nexus' On Mission webinar, David Lawson, Director of Training and Curriculum Development at Hope and Help International, draws from his own experience to teach American pastors how to equip pastors from another culture. He walks through five lessons he's learned throughout his time working with pastors all over the world.



David's five best practices include:
  1. Listen
  2. Trust
  3. Don't Americanize your Christianity
  4. Don't use large theological terms
  5. Accountability 

In what ways does listening benefit the person you're ministering to? How has listening and being listened to shaped the way you approach ministry in other cultures?
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In what ways does listening benefit the person you're ministering to? How has listening and being listened to shaped the way you approach ministry in other cultures?
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What elements of Christianity would you say are "Americanized" and what elements are biblical? How have you seen this distinction honored while interacting with believers from another culture?
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What theological terms do you notice in your daily vocabulary? How would you explain those theological concepts in another culture without actually using the term?
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How could you hold pastors and believers in another culture accountable this week? What practical steps could you take toward implementing David's five points in your ministry?
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Training other pastors needs to come from a place of humility. Listen to those you teach and consider their deepest needs. Avoid Americanizing the gospel—stick to essential truths. Explain concepts in a way that's easy to translate and apply. Hold those you lead accountable. Above all, trust God to use your words to edify the body of Christ.   


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