There is astonishing growth in numbers of Christian churches in Africa, Asia, South America, and countries that were formerly behind the so-called iron curtain. Along with this growth is the need for qualified and trained leadership. Currently existing universities and seminaries are not able to provide the necessary training for the needed leaders of churches. There are massive numbers of leaders who have never had any theological training.
In many countries, there is only one trained leader for every twenty churches. One article reported that a denomination of 1,000 congregations in Uganda only had 8 trained pastors. A denomination of 675 churches in Zambia only had 31 trained pastors. Over the past fifty years, tens of thousands of churches have been planted in the Philippines. The need for trained leaders is massive and urgent!