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Juan Sarmiento is the Evangelism Catalyst for Presbyterian World Mission. He is growing a highly networked movement from among U.S. Presbyterians and its global partners for the purpose of sharing the Good News of God’s love in Jesus Christ in context-appropriate ways. Since equipping people for holistic evangelization is a key factor in the healthy growth and witness of the church around the world, he is focused on developing the “Training Leaders for Community Transformation” campaign during the next few years. This blog is an interactive space to facilitate the sharing of ideas, inspiration and resources as we work together in inviting all peoples to “turn to the living God”. Find out more about World Mission's Evangelism Critical Global Initiative. Please subscribe using Firefox or Explorer to be notified when Juan makes a new post 

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April 26, 2016

Members of the Training Leaders for Community Transformation Advisory Team

One of the greatest privileges of facilitating the Training Leaders for Community Transformation campaign has been working alongside a remarkable group of highly influential people from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). As I introduce the members of the Advisory Team, I am deeply appreciative of their great wealth of expertise in relation to the contextual and holistic formation of new generations of people willing to be equipped to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and deed. Their input, affirmation encouragement, connections and sometimes difficult questions very significantly inform the direction of the campaign. I ...

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April 19, 2016

PC(USA) partners with Gidada Theological College in Ethiopia to train leaders

By guest blogger: Stephen Stelle, mission co-worker in Ethiopia since 2013.

Try to imagine more than half of the churches within your presbytery without an ordained minister on staff. That is the problem facing the Western Wolega Bethel Synod as they have only 165 ordained pastors for more than 400 growing congregations. The Western Wolega Bethel Synod is working hard to solve this problem by training pastors at their Gidada Theological College. Students not only learn to be ministers but are trained for community transformation as the Synod maintains a holistic approach to ministry - seeking to change the mind, body ...

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April 15, 2016

Ordination of African Women

 This time I would like to share with you a post by Rev. Janet Guyer, mission co-worker in Malawi serving as facilitator for women's and children's interests with PC(USA) partners in the region.

Pastors in the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa Presbytery of Zimbabwe.

“Why should African women be ordained?” I asked a group of ordained, African women. They were not happy.  “You are discriminating against us with your question.  Why should it be any different why an African woman should be ordained than why a woman from any other place should be ordained?” Point taken ...

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January 26, 2016

Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Consistently ranking very low on the Human Development Index (HDI), nearly 9 of 10 Congolese live on less than $1.25/day. Presbyterian pastors serving in the context of dire economic, education, health and social challenges are often not in a position to adequately care for their own families or set an example for how communities can transform and experience fullness of life.

World Mission relates to two Presbyterian denominations which emerged from mission work that began 125 years ago. The Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) began in the Kasai regions and has grown to over 1,000 congregations with ...

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