|From left to right: Faly, Bryan, Jim (our pastor, praying for them)|
One thing that initially worried me about TMAI's approach is that their training is intellectually rigorous, which limits the number of students who can successfully complete their training. There are far too few pastors in the world already, so wouldn't it be better to give a simpler education to a larger number of men? But after meeting and hearing Faly and Bryan, I understand now that it is not an "either/or" choice. We need to do both. All men need to be filled up to their educational capacity with knowledge of how to teach the Bible well. Some can go further than others. But without training some at very high levels, if everyone is receiving only a Sunday School education, the church will remain immature and vulnerable to theological wolves and winds of false doctrine.
Thus, TMAI is strategically aiming to capture the intellectual mountaintops of theology in the countries they serve. Where the headwaters are pure, the river of Bible teaching will bring life as it flows down to the masses in the valley below.
I encourage you to watch the video below and consider inviting TMAI representatives to share in your church.
The Most Strategic Way of Doing Missions from TMAI on Vimeo.