Supporting Pastors to Fulfill Their Calls
Without the Second the First Will Fail
When we told you about the RSMI Pastor’s Initiative we pointed out that to answer the need of pastors in developing nations we had devised a two-pronged approach, the first of this being the RSMI Training Centers for Biblical Education.
Yet without the implementation of the second element, the overall initiative was bound to fail. More has to be done.
Two Halves of a Whole
True it is necessary to provide quality training for those that have a call to service in the pastoral ministry, that they might effectively train God’s people. Yet to the pastor, current or future, that is struggling to survive, this training means little.
A pastor that is careworn, attempting to feed their family, or one lacking in the basic necessities, cannot effectively serve the body of Christ. A pastor parent, hearing their child crying as a result of need or hunger, is not free to follow their call.
Furthermore, most of the congregations or church plants in which pastors in the developing world find service are themselves poor, and therefore, not able to provide for their servant leader.