In rural Africa, dedicated pastors serving in remote and marginalised communities have few opportunities for training. It is a constant struggle to effectively lead their churches and provide for their families. The local church can be fragile and unable to tackle the spiritual and material needs of the community.
Studies estimate that across the developing world, as many as 3.2 million pastors are untrained or undertrained. In Africa, the challenge is particularly stark. Research found that as many as 90% of church leaders in Africa may never have received even a single day of formal training.
That’s exactly what APF are changing. APF fund training workshops like the one pictured here in the far north-west of Tanzania, led by APF partner Pastor Heavenlight Luoga. Only well-trained African leaders like Heavenlight can speak with understanding, authority and deep cultural insight into rural contexts like these.