Equipping Pastors in God’s Word

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16

Imagine pastoring a church having never received Bible training. This is common for many pastors in Rwanda, and this is why Pastor Greg English, Al Burrus and David Buiten traveled across the world from their church, Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ.  Building a desire within hearts for a deep and increased love for God’s Word was their passion.

IMG_0464After a one-day delay, little sleep, and lost luggage containing some of their teaching materials, Pastor Greg began the conference with a a big smile and his gift of humor, sharing the importance of caffeine in church fellowship. After they warmed up to him, he got into more serious business – salvation in Jesus.

“I’ve learned never to make an assumption by action or words that someone is a believer in Christ,” he said to more than 200 pastors and ministry workers. “We can look really good, but that does not make someone a Christian.” He then peeled the layers explaining that leading a church begins with your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

They then gave them “Essentials Bible Study Keys” which were translated in Kinyarwanda for their studies throughout the week. They all cheered!

Al, David and Pastor Greg peeled the layers of the 66 books and 40 authors of the Bible revealing the person of Jesus Christ over the next five days, dissecting it verse by verse, covering topics like grace vs. works, evangelism, and more. It concluded with a ceremony where bishops received a Kinyarwanda Study Bible and all left with a certificate and tie or scarf wrapped with a Bible verse in which they learned during their studies.

IMG_0509ERM and those who attended thank Palmcroft Baptist Church and Pastor Greg, Al and David to provide training in God’s word. Please continue to pray for the fruit to multiply into the churches, communities and country in which they serve.