An exciting milestone seen for a pastoral training ministry.

By March 22, 2004

India (MNN)–Global Advance Ministries was founded in 1990 to “equip frontline shepherds for world harvest.”

Their vision was to bring on-site training to one million pastoral leaders around the world and to challenge them to plant one-million new churches. Fourteen years later, there’s a landmark celebration for the mission agency. Global Advance’s David Shibley explains. “At the Global Advance Frontline Shepherd’s Conference in Calcutta, India, we were privileged to pass a very important milestone in the ministry of Global Advance. Our quarter-millionth ministry leader was trained at that conference.”

Shibley says the one-quarter millionth ministry leader is an underground church planter in Bhutan, Pastor Abraham. “Pastor Abraham has planted five underground churches. They continue to plant these new churches, they are training younger pastors. Of course, that’s a very strategic area into Tibet, China, Eastern India.”

In Frontline Shepherds Conferences, focused primarily on underdeveloped nations, native pastors and church leaders receive “a vision in their hearts and tools in their hands.” Books and ministry resources have been translated into 13 languages.

The Global Advance Center for Evangelism and Church Planting in India sponsors three institutes each year that train 1000 Christian workers annually. The Warren Shibley Library, located in the Center, is becoming one of the major missions resource centers in the nation.

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