Global Report1

GLOBAL INTEGRATED REPORT:

DATA, COST, PARTNERS, IMPACT

Initiatives & Activities in the Training of Pastors Worldwide

2016-2020

(for public release mid-2021)

2020

Executive Summary

Introduction

Church growth without church health is much like cancer in the human body. Since church health is affected by pastoral health, the training of pastors is critical to the health of Christ’s Church.

 

Need: Documentation of initiatives and activities in training pastors worldwide. This data will provide for the strategic direction and immediate action by all trainers of pastors. We must reduce the number of untrained and isolated pastoral leaders, especially where Christ’s Church is growing.

 

Purpose: The GProCommission has sought to capture in statistical form the number of pastors being trained around the world by various pastoral training organizations and institutions, churches, and individuals. The GProCommission acknowledges the immense work of the respective trainers of pastors which further reinforces the great need and opportunity in the training of pastoral leaders, especially where Christ’s Church is growing. The data collected is for statistical purposes only and provides a database for all who want to know how many pastoral leaders have been trained, how many are being trained, and who is training them.

Executive Summary

Response: The Global Proclamation Commission for Trainers of Pastors
(GProCommission hence)

 

The GProCommission serves as a

  1. connector of trainers of pastors
  2. curator of resources for the training of pastors
  3. collator of initiatives and activities in the training of pastors
  4. convener of events1 to gather trainers of pastors on a micro and/or macro scale.

 

Output: The GProCommission for Trainers of Pastors Integrated Report 2020

 

Data2 was gathered July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020 from attendees of the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors, as well as other individual, organizational and institutional trainers of pastors who were introduced3 to this follow-up effort after the Congress. Sixty-six percent of the total number trained during the four-year follow-up were reported by GProCongress delegates.

 

The direct costs of this four-year follow-up, which included online and in-person elements in more than a dozen languages and collected training reports from every one of the world’s countries and many territories, was $671,1134 . RREACH is thankful to the generous friends and staff members who contributed toward this strategically important work of documentation to inform direction and action.

 

Data: This report compiles the training initiatives and activities reported by 548 individuals5, 37 non-formal training organizations (representing an unknown number of trainers) and 14 formal training institutions and/or umbrella organizations (representing an unknown number of trainers).

 

Given that in 2013, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary identified more than 7,000 training-related ministries worldwide, this is a small6 subset of total data related to training of many kinds. To our knowledge, prior to this report, commissioned by RREACH, there was no international data set of this kind available.

 

The total number of pastoral leaders trained are categorized according to geography, hours of training received, type of training received, topic of training received and other variables.

Conclusion: The stated goal of RREACH’s decade long (2010-2020) human capital campaign was to connect, unite, strengthen 100,000 better trained pastoral leaders by 2020. In order to cover errors in duplication, replication, or exaggeration, RREACH’s four-year follow-up process set out to document 500,000 pastoral leaders better trained for pastoral ministry, and then apply an extremely conservative 80 percent attrition rate to meet the goal. By July 1, 2020, the GProCentral team received reliable training reports that, after applying the highly cautious attrition rate, still presents 280,911 better trained pastoral leaders between 2016 and 2020. This Global Integrated Report 2020 meets its objective of documenting currently reported data on pastoral training activities and initiatives for statistical purposes and strategic priorities for trainers of pastors in every training sector and location.

Subset " A " Totals

The information shared in this section comes from geographically specific training reports.
These reports comprise either face-to-face training or online training. The vast majority (98.6
percent) of all training reports received included a specific country where the training took
place. The remaining reports did not include specific geographies for a variety of reasons, which
are outlined in the Subset “B” section of the report.

Worldwide: number trained & hours of training* received

*Includes only reports of face-to-face training

Worldwide: total reported face-to-face versus online training

 

 

 

Total pastoral leaders trained:

386,559

 

Total number of training events:

12,728

 

Total number of training hours:

275,322

Total Trained Per Country

Subset A training reported in 248 countries & territories and 41 languages

Most training events reported:

1. United States (3,011)

2. India (1,938)

3. China (1,057)

4. Kenya (913)

5. Costa Rica (842)

Most number of training hours reported:

1. United States (141,846)

2. Canada (22,082)

3. India (16,223)

4. Peru (10,097)

5. China (9,000)

Most pastoral leaders trained reported:

1. United States (84,348)7

2. India (56,446)

3. China (48,012)

4. Egypt (20,517)

5. Nigeria (17,951)

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Subset "B" Totals

The information shared in this section was provided by 19 international training organizations who, for a variety of reasons, did not break down their training reports by country8. Thirteen of the organizations did list the countries where they provided training, but not the number trained in each country.

Subset “B” training was reported in 147 countries and territories

Total pastoral leaders trained: 1,017,995
Total number of training events: 4,106
Total number of training hours: 59,577

Number of organizations providing training in each country

SOURCE# TRAINED
Congress Delegate70%
Referral30%
TOPIC # TRAINED
Theological Engagement 14.8%
Spiritual Engagement 77.6%
Missional Engagement 0.3%
Biblical Engagement 7.3%

Region: Africa

Total Pastors Trained by Country

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN

     1,000 PASTORS TRAINED

1. Nigeria: 17,951
2. Uganda: 17,308
3. Kenya: 16,097
4. Ethiopia: 5,082
5. Ghana: 3,987
6. Tanzania: 3,171
7. Zambia: 3,024
8. Rwanda: 2,788
9. South Africa: 2,618
10. Cameroon: 2,517
11. Liberia: 2,489
12. Burkina Faso: 2,457
13. Togo: 2,216
14. DR Congo: 1,907
15. Sierra Leone: 1,544
16. Mozambique: 1,382
17. Niger: 1,303
18. Benin: 1,277
19.Guinea: 1,162
20. Ivory Coast: 1,080
21. Chad: 1,049

Languages Represented

SOURCE# EVENTS# TRAINED
Congress Applicants18%13%
Congress Delegates65%72%
Referral17%15%
TOPIC# EVENTS# TRAINED
Spiritual Engagement33%62%
Biblical Engagement30%25%
Missional Engagement18%8%
Educational Engagement8%1%
All Others11%4%

 

Region: Asia

Total Pastors Trained by Country

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN 1,000 PASTORS TRAINED

1. India: 56,446

2 China: 48,012

3. Philippines: 6,376

4. Nepal: 6,356

5. Indonesia: 3,827

6. Pakistan: 3,292

7. Myanmar (Burma): 1,495

NUMBER TRAINED PER REGION

1. Central Asia: 0.1%

2. East Asia: 36.7%

3. South Asia: 51%

4. Southeast Asia: 12.2%

Languages Represented

SOURCE# EVENTS# TRAINED
Congress Applicants2%1%
Congress Delegates94%92%
Referral4%7%

 

TOPIC# EVENTS# TRAINED
Spiritual Engagement85%89%
Biblical Engagement8%6%
Missional Engagement2%2%
Obstacles in Pastoral Training2%1%
All Others3%2%

Region: MENA

Total Pastors Trained by Country

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN 100 PASTORS TRAINED

1. Egypt: 20,517

2. Jordan: 347

3. United Arab Emirates: 160

LANGUAGES REPRESENTED

1. Arabic

2. English

SOURCE# EVENTS# TRAINED
Congress delegates81%68%
Referral19%32%

 

TOPIC # EVENTS # TRAINED
Biblical Engagement in 11% 2%
Missional Engagement 21% 41%
Spiritual Engagement 68% 57%

Region: Latin America

Total Pastors Trained by Country

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN 500 PASTORS TRAINED

1. Costa Rica8,696

2. Brazil3,407

3. Peru2,342

4. Argentina:  2,051

5. Ecuador1,878

6. Cuba1,714

7. Panama : 994

8. Guatemala562

LANGUAGES REPRESENTED

1. Spanish

2. Portuguese

3. English

SOURCE# EVENTS# TRAINED
Congress Applicants1%2%
Congress Delegates44%36%
Referral55%62%
TOPIC# EVENTS# TRAINED
Biblical Engagement in Pastoral Training33%43%
Educational Engagement in Pastoral Training26%8%
Missional Engagement in Pastoral Training24%7%
Spiritual Engagement in Pastoral Training13%33%
All Others4%9%

Region: Europe

Total Pastors Trained by Country

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN 500 PASTORS TRAINED

1. United Kingdom: 2,341

2. Germany: 937 

3. France: 935   

4. Netherlands: 911  

5. Italy: 805

6. Russia: 794

7. Austria: 772

8. Switzerland: 535       

Languges Represented

NUMBER TRAINED PER REGION

1. Eastern Europe:  21.0%

2. Northern Europe:  14.0%

3. Southern Europe:  5.0%

4. Western Europe:  60.0%

SOURCE # EVENTS # TRAINED
Congress Delegates 17% 2%
Referral 83% 98%
TOPIC# EVENTS# TRAINED
Biblical Engagement in Pastoral Training21%46%
Missional Engagement in Pastoral Training15%1%
Spiritual Engagement in Pastoral Training64%53%

 

Region: North America

Total Pastors Trained by Country

LANGUAGES REPRESENTED

1. English

2. Spanish

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN 1,000 PASTORS TRAINED

1. Canada: 5,631

2. United States: 84,348

SOURCE# EVENTS# TRAINED
Congress Delegate0.3%1.3%
Referral99.7%98.7%

 

TOPIC # EVENTS # TRAINED
Biblical Engagement 0.2% 0.6%
Missional Engagement 19.0% 9.0%
Spiritual Engagement 0.2% 1.8%
Theological Engagement 80.7% 88.6%

Region: OCEANIA, CARIBBEAN & ANTARCTIC

Total Pastors Trained by Country

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN 100 PASTORS TRAINED

1. Bahamas: 143

2. Barbados: 138

3. Dominican Republic: 188

4. Haiti: 342

5. Jamaica: 352

6. Puerto Rico: 101

7. Saint Lucia: 169

8. Trinidad And Tobago: 179

COUNTRIES WITH MORE THAN 100 PASTORS TRAINED

1. Australia: 1,782

2. New Zealand: 267

3. Fiji: 107

REGIONMost training events
reported by (source)
Training most often
on (topic)
CaribbeanReferral (52%) Biblical Engagement (82%)
OceaniaReferral (96%) Spiritual Engagement (60%)
AntarcticReferral (100%)No Topics Reported

2016-2020 Final Impact

Total

1,404,554

Pastoral Leaders Better Trained for Pastoral Ministry 10

16,834

Total Pastoral Training Events

334,899

Total Pastoral Training Hours

2,668

Total Pastoral Training Reports

14,319

Total GProLearning Resources 11

Notes

1 For more information, visit www.GProCongress.org.
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 therationale for this undertaking.
5 Lists of individuals and organizations/institutions who contributed training reports for this project are clickable.
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 (Iadeas 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.)
10 2020 Goal: 100,000 better trained pastoral leaders; 2020 Strategy: document 500,000 initiatives & activities for potential
80% reporting error; 2020 Output: 280, 911 more pastoral leaders, if 80% attrition rate is applied.
11 2020 Goal: 1,000 pastor-training resources in 6 languages; 2020 Actual: 14,319 in 29 languages.

Theme Verse

“...but the word of God is not bound.”
2 Tim. 2:9

“Pastoral health affects church health. Church health affects societal health.”

-Ramesh Richard

2020

Global Integrated Report

Data, Cost, Partners, Impact

2016-2020

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