God is at work through Entrust, multiplying leaders for multiplying churches. Starting in Eastern Europe and Russia during the Cold War, and now expanded in the rest of Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North America, Entrust, by God’s grace, is equipping new generations of Christians to serve well in the local church.
Entrust is honored to serve in sub-Saharan Africa through our indigenous ministry partner, More than a Mile Deep (MMD). MMD brings African-designed, non-formal, church-based training to thousands. In addition, Entrust staff serve in formal ministry education settings and in grassroots leadership training and development initiatives. These other initiatives include Global Mentorship Network and International College of Bible and Missions (ICBM).
Two new churches are born
Planting and Nurturing Enduring Churches. Who’s ever heard of, let alone taken, let alone successfully completed, a course with a title like that? Two students taking part in More than a Mile Deep* training in Zimbabwe took this course and not only successfully completed it, but actually planted two churches in the process.
Virtual vision trips are win-win-win
At the International College of Bible and Missions, we equip pastors, providing them with accredited theological college degrees. We strive to help not only the wealthy students but also the students who come from extremely poor communities that were deeply affected by Apartheid. We train men and women to study, live and preach God's word in their communities as they strengthen the church in all its ministries.
Asia is the world’s largest continent both in terms of geography and population. Entrust’s emphasis on equipping Christians within the context of the local church, using adult learning methods, informal training modules and a strategy of multiplication (each group of learners in turn training a new group of students), is well-suited to the need for effective ministry training for over 4 billion people, many in countries where the gospel is restricted.
God, Google, Gratia and Growth
Growing up in a fatherless home with eight siblings, Gratia felt bitter toward her father. An Entrust training module not only led her to understand the miracle of completely forgiving him but equipped her with increased effectiveness and courage in her many ministries.
Peter and Sarah*, Asia
Rural pastors with few resources and no time to leave home for ministry training. These are the people Peter and Sarah are preparing to serve. The goal is to bring contextualized pastoral and theological education to spiritually hungry but untrained Christian leaders in a difficult region.
Once the center of Christianity, now many church buildings sit empty, are being re-purposed as condos, museums or office buildings, or are being torn down. A top priority in the world is the re-evangelization of Europe, but this can only be done with a renewed generation of European leaders. Entrust started in Europe back in 1979 and we are still here training and challenging church leaders to leave religion behind and train and lead people into a relationship with Christ. Great progress is being made.
Ukraine is on almost everyone’s mind, not just because of the news, but because there are so many Ukrainians in the Czech Republic who are concerned for their loved ones back home and are trying to ensure their safety. Over 236,000 Ukrainian refugees have come here since the start of the war.
Realizing potential across France
Entrust Equipping Women is known in France as Potenti'Elles, a phrase combining the French words for “potential” and “her.” Through Potenti'Elles, women are discovering their potential and applying their new-found skills as Christ-like leaders in their local churches.
By God’s grace and to his glory, Entrust is serving local churches, refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in this volatile region of the world. Entrust is honored to provide ministry training to people in local churches and humanitarian aid to thousands of people from all backgrounds. Spiritually, it is a historic time in the regions we are serving. God is doing amazing things!
I fell in love with God’s word … because of the teachers
Matthew came to faith in Christ as a young adult while a foreigner in a country not his own. He was a refugee, having fled his home country, not realizing God had vast spiritual plans for him in his new place of residence, Greece. There he encountered and accepted God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and began to attend a Christian school.
In a place awash in Bible schools and seminaries, seminars and workshops, printed literature and websites, Entrust’s ministry training modules are catching on and creating demand in the United States and Canada.
Thus, we have established ministry training hubs in the U.S. and Canada to offer concentrated, intensive ministry training opportunities to greater numbers of people. We offer local ministry training in local churches upon request. Our Our North American-based staff facilitate Entrust modules in local churches and other settings as they are able. Many churches have implemented our ministry training into the foundational structure of their churches – particularly in the area of small group leader training.
Two years waiting
Two years ago, facilitators were putting final touches on their lesson plans; participants were busy finishing their prep work, packing their suitcases, readying to get on a plane when COVID hit, and at the last minute, the Colorado Springs Facilitating Relational Learning module had to be cancelled.
Teenagers and God’s goodness
Editor’s note. Entrust’s core modules provide principles to learn, practice and apply in all types of small groups. Entrust’s Deborah Covert used concepts from Facilitating Relational Learning with her church’s youth group (see previous article) and then, put ideas from Discovery Bible Study to work with that same group. Read on and be inspired.
Why I love my job
The world is facing a famine of Christian leadership. 3.2 million pastors and leaders lack adequate training. Imagine attending a church where the pastor is chosen simply because he is the oldest person in the congregation. Or maybe the only one with a Bible. Or the only one who can read.