2 To confirm training reports, the GProCentral team asked verifying and clarifying questions, about the country and language in which the training occurred, dates and/or number of hours of the training event, and the topic of the training. They also asked if other trainers (individuals or organizations) were involved in the training reported. In 11 percent of all reports (representing 5.3 percent of the total number trained), the dates of and/or number of hours of the training were missing. In these cases, a one-day (8 hour) value was applied for each month represented in the training report.
3 Those who contributed to this report but did not attend the 2016 GProCongress fall within four groups: (1) GProCongress applicants who were accepted to attend, but were unable to do so; (2) those referred to the GProCommission by an individual familiar with the project; (3) those referred to the GProCommission via a communication campaign to a larger audience of trainers of pastors; and (4) delegates of the Dallas Global Proclamation Academy (GProAcademy) and National GProAcademy programs, as part of RREACH’s overall ministry training strategy (https://rreach.org/ministry-training).
4 Direct costs of follow-up relate to compensation for the team that collected the training reports, compensation for those directly organizing the efforts of that team, and the technology they used to securely store and track that data. Indirect costs for follow-up, including travel, support staff, communication and advancement efforts, totaled an additional $476,717. RREACH, as the parent of the GProCommission and the founder of TOPIC, considered this four-year undertaking a worthwhile investment of human and financial resources in view of the potential use of this report by pastoral training strategists for missiological focus and priority activity. Ramesh Richard’s article, “Training of Pastors: A high priority for global ministry strategy,”
originally published in the September 2015 issue of the Lausanne Global Analysis, provides the rationale for this undertaking.
6 If every individual, organization and institution who reported to us counted as one ministry, and if every entry in the Gordon Conwell report counted as one ministry, our respondents represent 8 percent of ministries listed in that report, not all of which are related to pastoral training. 7 The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) data, representing more than 270 graduate schools of theology in the United States and Canada, is responsible for the United States being at the top of these lists. Other formal training accrediting bodies (similar to ATS and working in different regions of the world) did report numbers of graduates by member schools, but the data was not broken down by country or degree program, so “number of hours of training” was not applied. The Integrated Report, therefore, does not reflect the formal training taking place in those regions in the same way it does for North America. 8 Subset B (1.4 percent of total reports, cf. Subset A, page 4) comprises 72.5 percent of total pastoral leaders better trained, 24.4 percent of total training events, and 17.8 percent of total training hours from organizational annual reports. Of the 19 pastoral training organizations, ten did not provide data on training events and/or training hours. Organizations not providing a list of countries where training occurred did so for the following reasons: 1. Training took place in restricted /unsafe countries 2. Training was tracked according to resource downloads, and therefore geographical information is not available.
9 Tracks in Pastoral Training were grouped into 8 broader training categories, corresponding to eight tracks available at the 2016 GProCongress. Not all topics were represented or delivered in each region. Categories include: Biblical Engagement in Pastoral Training (ex. Biblical Knowledge, Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Preaching, etc.) Cultural Engagement in Pastoral Training (Ideas and Values, Moralities and Behavior, Media, etc.) Educational Engagement in Pastoral Training (Campus-based Delivery, Church-based Delivery, House-based Delivery, etc.) Missional Engagement in Pastoral Training (Evangelism, Discipleship, Church Planting, etc.) Obstacles in Pastoral Training (Economic Poverty, Conflict Zones, Persecution settings, etc.) Opportunities in Pastoral Training (Bi-Vocational Pastors, Immigrant Churches, Technology-based Delivery, etc.) Spiritual Engagement in Pastoral Training (Pastoral Leadership, Marriage and Family, Mentoring, etc.) Theological Engagement in Pastoral Training (Theological Essentials, Theological Discernment, Theological Formation, etc.)