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Training a new generation of Christian leaders in the Middle East

BMS Ministry: Leadership
 
This project will empower Christian leaders in the Middle East by equipping them with leadership skills and biblical understanding.
 
Summary

In partnership with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), BMS World Mission is building up Christian leaders to meet the unique challenges the Church faces in the Middle East, providing scholarships and theological training at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS).

 

What are the problems?

 

Shrinking Christian communities throughout the Middle East
Many Christians, fleeing persecution and the Syrian civil war, have fled to spiritually diverse Lebanon. Even in peaceful countries, life for Christians can be extremely difficult, and as a result the Church in the region is declining.

 

Potential Christian leaders leaving the region
With a small, shrinking Church, young leaders are leaving to train and live in countries outside the Middle East. Without encouragement and study facilities, there are too few strong Christian leaders and the future of the Church in the Middle East is under threat.

 

 

 

How BMS will help

 

By supporting ABTS teachers
BMS supports teaching at ABTS, mainly focusing on youth ministry and theology. With huge numbers of children and young people fleeing Syria and Iraq, youth ministry in the region has never been as important.

 

By providing education for those unable to receive it in their own countries
BMS provides scholarships for four students from the Middle East to study at ABTS.

 

By providing a good quality theological education
By training leaders in a region with a small Church, we can ensure that theological knowledge is cultivated, building strong leaders for the development of the Church in the Middle East.

 

 

How can I help?

 

Your gifts can make a real difference:

 

£15 can buy a textbook for a leader-in-training, giving them the resources to receive vital teaching

 

£35 can support a day's teaching in youth ministry, to build relationships with the next generation of leaders in the Middle East

 

£335 can provide a month's accommodation for a trainee leader, giving them a safe home as they study

 

For information on this project in pdf format, click here.

 

 

Your gifts will be used to support BMS leadership ministries which include the project 'Training a new generation of Christian leaders in the Middle East'. If you would like to receive regular feedback on this project, please indicate on your donation form.

 

Supporting this project

 

Individuals
If you would like to support this ministry by regular giving, click the Direct Debit button to the right. For online donations, click the Make a donation button. To set up a bank transfer or for any other enquiries, contact Supporter Services at supporterservices@bmsworldmission.org or phone 01235 517628.

 

Churches
You can sign up to support this ministry by providing your details on the Church standing order form for regular giving, or the Remittance advice for cheque donations. Please download the appropriate form and pass to your Church Treasurer for completion. To set up a bank transfer or for any other enquiries, contact Supporter Services at supporterservices@bmsworldmission.org or phone 01235 517628.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support for believers and the Church in the Middle East.

 

 

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Lebanon
Capital: Beirut 
Population: 5,851,000 (2015 est.)
Size: 10,452 sq km
Language: Arabic, French, English
HDI: 163/188 (2014)

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