Mission and Strategy
It is Cross Style Global Ministries’ deep desire to proclaim the message of the cross across the globe. It is the International Training Center’s role within Cross Style Global (CSGM) to facilitate this purpose outside North America.
Nearly 15 years ago CSGM began its first Biblical Training Center in Ugunja, Kenya to train future church leaders in the Cross lifestyle. Since that time we have been part of creating over 180 Training Centers in 25 different countries around the world. Over the years we have discovered that training leaders is the key to proclaiming the message of the Cross. When a leader begins to live in the style of the cross, his people are sure to follow. This is the main reason we are involved in creating informal pastoral training centers in every nation and region possible because we are desperate that the world would experience Jesus in his fullness!
Our dream is to facilitate the training of thousands of church pastors and leaders to experience intimacy with Jesus and live in the style of the cross regardless of education or denominational background. We would be thrilled to see hundreds of Biblical Training Centers training thousands of leaders across the globe.
What is a Biblical Training Center?
It is a place where leaders can be trained not in an academic setting of theological learning, but a training of practical ministry with the emphasis of Jesus transforming their lives through the Word of God.
Why this focus?
Because of the estimated two million pastors in the world, 90% or more have little or no formal Biblical training. These two million pastors are crying out for resources, for training, for any kind of help. So we bring the Bible school to them – not buildings and chairs – but teaching and resources. Our equipping is not academically oriented, but practical and thoroughly biblical. We are seeking to reach out to the majority of leaders that will never have a chance to leave home and receive formalized, academic training.
Our method is simple
With the blessing of technology we are able to send teachers to every corner of the world through giving a cheap laptop with an external drive filled with video courses (or sometimes, if necessary, providing a TV, DVD player, a generator, and a set of DVD training courses).
The leader of the Biblical Training Center gathers 10-15 other leaders and pastors from the surrounding area and presents the training sessions on a weekly, bi-weekly or daily basis.
Once these resources are provided, a training center can produce trained pastors and leaders indefinitely. The cost per student is a fraction of what it would cost to send just one student to one semester of formal theological training. We do not purchase buildings, rather we give the Biblical resources necessary for a solid Christ-centered Biblical training. Further, we do not teach methodology – instead we train and encourage depth and intimacy with Jesus and the Word of God in order that they may return to their homes, churches, and cities and translate the Message into their own context and culture.
Why International Training Centers?
Because millions of lives are still waiting to know about the Cross and thousands of pastors are untrained. Join us in seeking Him as He brings life transformation across the world!
God is doing incredible things around the world through the International Biblical Training Centers, and YOU can be a part of it! Countless lives are being touched, transformed, and trained in the Word and Person of Jesus. Right now there are over 50 centers waiting to be opened, but because of the lack of resources, we have been unable to send a training package to them. Each training center trains 15-20 students each year, so there are close to 1,000 pastors and leaders not being trained THIS YEAR that could be if we had your help and support. Consider becoming involved in one or all of the following three ways …
It takes resources to open a Biblical training center. However, the cost it takes to open one center is drastically minuscule compared to what it would take to send one pastor to one semester of seminary.
We can open a self-sustaining fully-functional training center for $1800. Every penny of this money is used for resources and equipment (no administrative costs). Again, once a training center is opened, there is no ongoing cost to run and operate it past the initial cost to start.
Would you consider giving toward this tremendous work and movement of God? Would your church, family, or yourself be willing to open a training center to spread the Gospel to countless lives? These training centers are training hundreds of pastors and leaders around the world who are affecting their congregations, cities, communities, and countries. If you can’t give the full $1800, would you give a part? Every penny touches lives.
Much effort and care goes into assuring that each training package is sent to a man or woman of God with high character, integrity, and a servant’s heart.
If you would like to donate toward the international training centers, click this link and donate through the Cross Style store. All donations are tax deductible.
It not only takes financial resources to open Biblical training centers … it takes prayer! We are looking for individuals and churches who will partner with training centers around the world through prayer and encouraging communication. Please be in prayer for the students, directors, and training centers throughout the world. Several of our centers are in Christian-hostile areas… please be praying for their safety and the openness of people’s hearts as they share the Gospel.