Theological Education for Sub-Saharan Africa

Train the next generation of African pastors, theologians, authors, and missionaries.
Africa is on the rise! The history of Christian missions, rising birth rates, and the African church’s phenomenal growth have put Africa on the course to becoming the largest Christian continent in the world. While there are still many places unreached with the gospel, God is doing marvelous things in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it is poised to become the next sending center for missionary advance. However, in many ways, she is not prepared for this task. Rapid church growth has outpaced the number of trained church leaders needed to shepherd the African church. Africans want to go to the world, but there are significant challenges, including heretical theologies that hinder them. Your gift will train a new generation of Africa pastors and missionaries who are prepared to take up their role in Great Commission work and teach others the truths of God’s Word. The African church is zealous and vibrant with a heart for going to the nations, and your generosity will help them answer God’s call to reach the unreached.

Theological education is of paramount importance across all sub-Saharan Africa. Across the sub-continent, aberrant theologies such as the prosperity gospel and neo-Pentecostalism weaken many churches at the core and significantly limit their potential for fulfilling their place in the global story of the Great Commission.

For many years Southern Baptists and other like-minded partners have engaged in theological education efforts and started many schools. Many of those schools have been turned over to local leadership in recent years and are attempting to find their way forward in a rapidly changing cultural environment. To assist and encourage them, IMB’s Sub-Saharan Africa affinity has embarked on a radical, continent-wide strategy of theological education to re-engage in partnership with most of these schools.

Together, IMB teams and African Baptist leaders are developing new, exciting approaches to theological education in places where no training currently exists. Their goal is to bring the entire continent of Baptists into a unified network with a vision for preparing future leaders who will strengthen the church in Africa and take the gospel around the world. Your partnership is key to this plan’s success. Your gift to “Theological Education in Sub-Saharan Africa” will enable existing schools to have limited, but vital, extra support to increase their capacity and to enable them to do more than they can currently do. Your generosity will help with the development of African pastors and missionaries this year and develop resources and publications that will continue the work long into the future. Give today!

Africa is on the rise! The history of Christian missions, rising birth rates, and the African church’s phenomenal growth have put Africa on the course to becoming the largest Christian continent in the world. While there are still many places unreached with the gospel, God is doing marvelous things in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it is poised to become the next sending center for missionary advance. However, in many ways, she is not prepared for this task. Rapid church growth has outpaced the number of trained church leaders needed to shepherd the African church. Africans want to go to the world, but there are significant challenges, including heretical theologies that hinder them. Your gift will train a new generation of Africa pastors and missionaries who are prepared to take up their role in Great Commission work and teach others the truths of God’s Word. The African church is zealous and vibrant with a heart for going to the nations, and your generosity will help them answer God’s call to reach the unreached.

Theological education is of paramount importance across all sub-Saharan Africa. Across the sub-continent, aberrant theologies such as the prosperity gospel and neo-Pentecostalism weaken many churches at the core and significantly limit their potential for fulfilling their place in the global story of the Great Commission.

For many years Southern Baptists and other like-minded partners have engaged in theological education efforts and started many schools. Many of those schools have been turned over to local leadership in recent years and are attempting to find their way forward in a rapidly changing cultural environment. To assist and encourage them, IMB’s Sub-Saharan Africa affinity has embarked on a radical, continent-wide strategy of theological education to re-engage in partnership with most of these schools.

Together, IMB teams and African Baptist leaders are developing new, exciting approaches to theological education in places where no training currently exists. Their goal is to bring the entire continent of Baptists into a unified network with a vision for preparing future leaders who will strengthen the church in Africa and take the gospel around the world. Your partnership is key to this plan’s success. Your gift to “Theological Education in Sub-Saharan Africa” will enable existing schools to have limited, but vital, extra support to increase their capacity and to enable them to do more than they can currently do. Your generosity will help with the development of African pastors and missionaries this year and develop resources and publications that will continue the work long into the future. Give today!

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Botswana: theological library
$50
buys 1 reference book
Zambia: Courses for bi-voc pastors
$83
funds 1 student
Uganda: Seminary course fees
$180
covers 1 term
Malawi: Tuition & housing
$300
covers 1 term
Togo: Building a pastors’ school
$390
paints all rooms
Botswana: Certificate of Theology tuition
$1200
covers 1 student
Togo: Building a pastor’s school
$3000
buys classroom chairs
Zambia: Tuition and housing
$5000
covers a full theology degree
Togo: Building a pastor’s school
$20000
finishes the building
Scholarships & new curriculum
$100000
funds 10 seminaries in Africa

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Sub-Saharan African Peoples

From the jagged Atlas Mountains to the vast Sahara Desert and the wildlife of the Serengeti, Africa is unrivaled for natural beauty and the hospitality of her people. Most Sub-Saharan Africans live hand-to-mouth, surviving on what they can harvest and herd, but regardless of status or wealth, most Africans share a common bond in community, family, and tribe.

Home to 2,500 ethnic groups, the region once characterized by sweeping poverty is redefining itself with bustling economies and technological enterprise. Eleven of the twenty-five fastest-growing global cities are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Whether urban-or-village dwellers, though, many Africans still try to manipulate spiritual powers through charms, sacrifices, and divination. The hope of the gospel is desperately needed.

African believers are catching a vision for sharing their faith. Sub-Saharan Africa is poised to become a tremendous missionary-sending force. Ask God to fan the flames of evangelism and cover Africa with his glory.

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