The Father of Modern Missions, William Carey, launched the Greatest Century of Missions with his electrifying sermon: “Expect Great Things from God! Attempt Great Things for God!”
The Desperate Need for Accessible Leadership Training
There is a tremendous need and hunger for literature and leadership training throughout Africa. However, one of the ongoing problems is that most of those who leave rural areas for urban training institutions tend to stay in the urban centres and are lost to the rural communities who sent them for further training.
Urbanisation and Diaspora are Depleting Church Leadership
Similarly, most of those who go to first world nations for further training tend not to return to their third world countries of origin. In this way, the church is haemorrhaging in Africa. Some of our most promising leadership candidates are failing to return to their communities. The rapid urbanisation and mass movement to first world countries is devastating to local congregations. Most pastors in the rural areas where we work have no tertiary education at all.
Leadership Training in Remote Rural Restricted Access Areas
What Frontline Fellowship has been attempting to do over the last 38 years, has been to take short-term Leadership Training programmes to remote rural areas, especially in Restricted Access Areas. We have been conducting Biblical Worldview Seminars, Great Commission Courses, Reformation and Revival Seminars, Muslim Evangelism Workshops, Evangelism Explosion, Way of the Master Evangelism Workshops, Teacher Training Courses and more, also seeking to equip pastors with our Library for Pastors programme. We have also helped establish Bible Colleges in Zambia and Sudan and have donated many hundreds-of-thousands of Bibles and Christian books to schools, colleges and churches throughout Africa, as far north as Egypt and Sudan and even to Nigeria in West Africa, the Congo in Central Africa and throughout Southern and East Africa.
Readers Make Leaders
One of our major ongoing projects to provide thoroughly Reformed Leadership Training resources is the William Carey Bible Institute. The college is named after William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions, who, although he was deprived of secondary schooling, was so well read, dedicated and disciplined, that, through reading, he became one of the finest linguists, Bible translators and social Reformers in history. No one translated the Bible into more languages than William Carey.
A Treasure Trove of Teaching
The William Carey Bible Institute (WCBI) is international, independent, Evangelistic, Reformed, Missionary and practical. WCBI provides a uniquely practical missionary training programme that is character changing, nation building and culture transforming. Its courses and resources have been consistently updated and expanded and now the new www.WilliamCareyBi.com website is live with a treasure-trove of books, manuals, lecture notes, video documentaries, audio lectures, Bible studies, links, tests, assignments and projects designed to guide home educated students, Pastors, Chaplains, Evangelists and Missionaries in the field, with everything necessary to become a well-read, effective servant of God, committed to fulfilling the Great Commission, making disciples, teaching obedience, to all things that the Lord has commanded.
Mentorship and Practical Field Experience is Emphasised
WCBI encourages each student to locate, in their area, a Christian professional skilled in their chosen field of study and interact with them over the subjects. Discussion and debate with peers and professionals over the various issues are invaluable for testing one’s theories and developing one’s understanding. Practical, on the ground, field experience, is essential and students are encouraged to be involved in regular Christian service, evangelism and ministry in the areas in which they live. This is an essential aspect of any worthwhile education.
To Seek First the Kingdom of God
Information is cheap. Understanding is valuable. Participation is most precious. It is our prayer and intention to provide each student with the information and inspiration needed to become effectively involved in seeking first God's Kingdom and His righteousness.
It is not the policy of WCBI to seek accreditation from non-Christian agencies which do not share our Christian Faith, Biblical worldview and missionary perspective. We will neither seek, nor accept, any government funding, “accreditation”, or interference.
The Directed Tutorial Study system, as developed by pioneer English Universities, Oxford and Cambridge, requires students to combine reading, listening to lectures, tutorials and assignments. Making use of modern communication and information systems, students are able to study at home, work, or while travelling, utilising audio MP3s, the www.WilliamCareyBi.com website and related webs and links provided, which include PowerPoint presentations uploaded through Slideshare, textbooks available through Christian Liberty Books, audio lectures available on SermonAudio.com and video lectures and documentaries uploaded onto our Vimeo page. To learn more about WBCI, visit: www.WilliamCareyBI.com, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. William Carey Bible Institute also has a Facebook page.
Freely Available Faith Mission Courses of Study
We praise God for authors, missionaries and lecturers who have freely donated their materials for us to upload and make available to students: As a result we are able to make the essential textbooks, lecture notes, audio and video lectures available completely free. WCBI does not charge students, but depends upon the free will offerings of God's people to provide this service to Christians worldwide, especially focussed on those in Restricted Access Areas.
May God be pleased to use these resources for the equipping and empowering of God's people to be more effective in His service.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond
William Carey Bible Institute
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Leaders for Africa
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