Pastor to Pastor Training Networks (P2P)
Who We Are
Pastor to Pastor Training Networks or P2P seeks to multiply training movements for pastors and Christian leaders around the world. We do this primarily through a contextual, accessible, and reproducible training process. We disciple pastors in crucial theological and practical disciplines; then equip them to train and disciple other pastors.
Our process involves training pastors in twelve two day intensive modules or courses over a one to three year period. Our classes are Theology of God, Theology of Salvation, Theology of the Church, Old Testament, New Testament, Hermeneutics, Applied Church History, Missions/Church Planting, Discipleship, Evangelism, Pastoral Leadership, and Preaching.
We enter a new field by invitation. We coordinate with locals to host a school. We start courses in a local church, hotel, or restaurant. These courses are initially led by Americans, open to all pastors, and free of charge. As courses progress, students grow in enthusiasm regarding the program. They initiate conversations about starting new schools in other areas. We then coach, mentor, and guide as they teach and start new schools.
We have 22 schools led by American pastors in five (5) countries with approximately 1,000 active students, 85% of which are lead pastors. We have at least twice that many schools led by national partners who currently train over 2,000 others. Our students are passionate about the process and desire to pass it on to fellow pastors and leaders.
We currently have schools in the following countries.
· El Salvador
· Sierra Leone
We will begin school in additional countries in 2020
· Costa Rica
We are currently engaged in strategy discussions with multiple churches, the International Mission Board and New Churches Now regarding partnerships in additional countries.
Our Partners include:
- The International Mission Board
- Georgia Baptist Mission Board (formerly Georgia Baptist Convention)
- Lanier Baptist Association
- Etowah Baptist Association
- Roswell Baptist Association
- several churches
Ninty-five percent (95%) of the pastors we train are bi-vocational and do not have prior theological or spiritual training. Eighty percent (80%) of the pastors we train do not have access to such training due to distance, cost, time, logistics, denominational barriers, or academic ability.
Because many pastors worldwide have no access to quality training, they often struggle in a variety of areas:
· Biblical Understanding
· Theological Integrity
· Animism and Spiritism
· Missions/Starting Churches
· Leading their Congregations
· Preaching Biblical Messages
· Historical Perspective
We directly address these areas through biblical, practical, and reproducible teaching.
Testimony from Matt Zell, a missionary in Honduras
“Nathan’s Theology of God class was sad in a way as almost everything was new for these folks. I had teary eyes a couple times as the pastors shared things like they didn’t know that God was everywhere at the same time, or that God was outside of time. Some didn’t know that all three persons of the Trinity are fully and equally God. They didn’t realize that man was uniquely made in creation, and on and on. Things that a lot of Sunday school kids in the states already know about and for these PASTORS it was new! I don’t question their call but rather see it as yet another proof of the Lord’s using the willing with disregard to qualifications. I guess that should have been apparent when Jesus picked fishermen as His apostles.”
Around the world there are over 9 million Evangelical/Protestant churches of which 90% are led by pastors with no formal theological training.
If every Christian training institution in the world operated at 120%, less than 10% of the world’s pastors would be trained.
Every day 174,000 people become Christians and every year 50,000 new churches open their doors.
We believe training national leaders is the most effective way to increase our mission footprint. Evangelism, discipleship and church planting are all vitally needed throughout the world. Without question we should invest our time and resources in such efforts. We should go and empower others to go. Which will ultimately have the greatest impact? Sharing the gospel or training nationals to share the gospel? Starting churches or training nationals to start churches? Discipling believers or training nationals to disciple believers? The kingdom works through reproduction. That is what P2P is about. We train national leaders to multiply God’s Kingdom.
To learn more P2P, please contact Gary Bulley at firstname.lastname@example.org, 678.447.1939.
Or go to our website at www.P2Pnetworks.org.