PTEE offers strategic training for Arab church leaders

Jordan (MNN) – Program for Theological Training by Extension (PTEE) offers important training for Arab church leaders throughout the globe. Since PTEE is structured for distant studying, college students by no means have to go away their communities to obtain their diploma. It additionally permits them to use their new information whereas main their congregations.

Nevertheless, generations of Christians are disappearing from Jordan. The rationale—Jordan’s economic system. Kris Kuhlman of PTEE says Jordan’s economic system is stagnant, making it troublesome for folks to construct lives. When a possibility arises to go away and safe a greater future for themselves and their youngsters, most individuals take it.

Christians Committing to Jordan

However Kuhlman additionally notes how some youthful pastors are committing to a life in Jordan regardless of financial challenges. This isn’t distinctive to Jordan; related conditions are going down all throughout the Center East and North Africa.

PTEE offers strategic training for Arab church leaders

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“There is an absolute necessity for a program like PTEE, who can bring the theological training, bring the leadership training and education to the Arabic speaking Christians, wherever they live…We can start training the next generation of indigenous leaders so that the Christians here…can be the ones who are leading their churches, and impacting their society, and being the light in this dark world,” Kuhlman explains.

Kuhlman says it’s time to assume in another way about how we put money into missions. For instance, there are nice advantages in supporting the theological training and coaching of indigenous church leaders who already know the language and tradition.

These identical leaders are already part of the local people and may higher attain their folks with Christ’s love and reality. Economically, the prices of supporting native church buildings outweigh the price of coaching and sending a foreigner who might lose a visa and will not keep for greater than two years in a rustic.

“PTEE is such a financially effective way of developing the leaders for the Arab church. Because they are the Arab speakers, they’re already part of the churches here. They’re part of the ministries, but they’re young. [Most are] unable to go to residential seminary,” Kuhlman notes.

Attending a residential seminary is very impractical whereas these leaders work to help their households. Nevertheless, PTEE’s means to offer low value however high quality theological coaching depends on particular person donors, church buildings, and Christian organizations.

Assist Assist Arab Church Leaders

A present of $23 can help a PTEE pupil. This monetary reward permits PTEE to keep away from charging college students the complete prices related to protecting PTEE afloat. In the end, college students are charged a mean of $10 per course for a registration payment. The registration costs are calculated primarily based on the GDP of the nation the scholar resides.

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“There’s kind of an unprecedented growth of new Christians…of people coming to Christ from the majority faith background. They need to be discipled,” Kuhlman says.

“PTEE is actually able to get into those areas in the majority world. Those students, a new convert of Christ is not able to just walk into a seminary. It just isn’t possible. But they can study through PTEE, become a leader among these new followers of Christ. It’s so vital that this theological education is affordable and accessible to them.”



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