The purpose of Leading Edge Christian Ministries is to glorify Jesus and further his Kingdom purposes by promoting and facilitating the training and development of Christian leaders in the Majority World.
Why leadership? The Church in the Majority World continues to grow at an astounding rate. In 1900, there were an estimated 10 million Christians in Africa. By 2000, there were 360 million. By 2025, that number will rise to over 630 million. The Church in parts of Asia is experiencing a similar rate of growth. In China, some 30,000 come to Christ daily. Korea and Indonesia have seen an incredible response to the gospel. In India, 15,000 new believers are baptized every month. Evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Latin America are also experiencing phenomenal growth. With the rapid increase in the number of Majority World Christians and the planting of thousands of new churches, a huge leadership gap has developed. Not only are there too few leaders, but many of those now leading churches are untrained and underdeveloped. According to reliable estimates, less than 10% of ministry leaders in these contexts have had access to formal ministry training processes. In other words, well over two million emerging and existing Christian leaders in the Majority World have been unable to access the ministry training they need. This has obvious consequences.
Fortunately, many non-formal training institutions offer programs to serve the training needs of these leaders. As wonderful as this is, and as helpful as it may be, these efforts only touch a small percentage of needy church leaders. In addition, most efforts are not strategically aligned or coordinated. Only a handful are comprehensive, and even fewer are accredited (which is important in some countries). Furthermore, as we have observed, some training organizations have questionable motives, doctrines, and standards.
In recent years, we sensed God leading us to focus on more strategic approaches to addressing this challenge. To find out how we develop leaders and work together with other churches, ministries, and organizations to facilitate the emergence and development of Christian leaders, please have a look at Our Priority and Our Projects.