Launched in 1979 to train pastors in secret behind the Iron Curtain.
OUR NAME - 2 TIMOTHY 2:2
We draw our name and guiding principles from this verse. Paul instructs young Timothy to take what he’s learned from Paul and to entrust it to reliable people, who will in turn be ready and equipped to teach others.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2)
Entrust began in 1979 as a ministry to help Christians who were isolated from other believers by authorities who wanted to suppress and eliminate them. Several ministries working secretly behind the Iron Curtain, focusing primarily on discipleship and evangelism, recognized the need for training for pastors and church leaders. They decided it would be more effective to join forces for maximum kingdom impact.
Entrust, at that time called Biblical Education by Extension, International (BEE International), was organized as a historic cooperative multi-mission effort providing comprehensive training for pastors and church leaders denied training by antagonistic communist governments.
Entrust could not adopt the commonly accepted mode of formal seminary training, as such an option simply wasn’t available. Instead, facilitated, interactive learning in small groups, allowing for powerful life-on-life instruction, became the model. In 1989, with the fall of communism, former totalitarian states were suddenly thrown open. Entrust was in place to help national believers and new mission groups navigate new freedoms.
The legacy of Entrust’s Cold War years is an organization strategically positioned to equip other ministries with the tools necessary to train men and women to lead a rapidly growing church around the world. Currently, Entrust is equipping indigenous ministries to train leaders in Europe, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.