missionary Paul Lee came to Nairobi some years ago he opened a
traditional Bible School which although it was good, it did not achieve
the hoped for results in terms of many graduates going on to plant new
churches and engage with cross-cultural mission.
Five years ago
Paul changed to the discipleship-based DCI School of Mission and since
then graduates have opened more than 60 new churches and Schools of
Mission in Kenya, more than 40 in Uganda and others in Burkina Faso,
Malawi and Sudan. The School of Mission in Malawi has just
had its first graduation and one student is already in the process of
opening the training in Botswana.
Paul Lee's goal
is to open 10,000 new churches and Schools of Mission across all
Africa, and worldwide. He is well on the way.
This is how the
EAPTC School of Mission in Nairobi works:
are taken for the next course.
2. A simple
selection procedure of up to 15 students a course takes place.
3. The School of
Mission programme is offered part-time, daily for six months, in any
available room, no expensive special facilities needed.
Students, graduates, pastors and School of
Mission leaders seminar, Nairobi 2006
is outward looking to unreached peoples and the nations, and the
expectancy is that many students will go and open a new School
elsewhere, form a new church around it, or at the very least return to
their home churches as better equipped men and women to serve the
is officially authorised to repeat the training in another location. In effect the student becomes the teacher. A copy of the School
materials is made available for purchase at cost price. This is the key
5. The graduates
return to their home church.
church becomes a mother church by sending out the graduate to repeat
the School of Mission in another urban or rural locality, or over the
border in another country.
New School of
Mission over the border in the Sudan
then repeats . . .
The new free
School of Mission is advertised by word of mouth.
Applications come in, students are selected.
The new School repeats the programme part-time in 6 to 24 months.
The graduate has become the director/teacher/pastor.
training inevitably brings about prayer, outreach, worship
and fellowship which is consolidated into a daughter church
which is supported by the mother church.
Graduation Day in the Malawi daughter school
Graduates are authorised to repeat the training in another location.
Again some students go and become the next teachers/pastors.
"In this way the
word of the Lord spreads widely and grows in power" (Acts 19.20) which is the vision of the original School of Mission back in 1987, in
6. Meanwhile the
Nairobi School of Mission at EAPTC holds another course . . . see step one.
What can you do to help?
1. You can pray
for the Nairobi School and all the Schools of Mission in Kenya, Uganda,
Africa and worldwide. The researched priorities in Kenya which EAPTC
are trying to meet are:
training to counter the huge numbers of cults and strange teachers
Children's ministry in a land where children are not even seen to be
second class citizens.
Providing materials to combat the acute book famine in East Africa.
2. You can open
of Mission at
almost no cost and do the same as EAPTC has done.
3. You can send
one, two or all the Christian books, commentaries and Bibles lying
unused on your shelves to Kenya because there is an acute book famine
in East Africa. Books are hard to find and expensive.
Students and pastors are desperate for study books and reading
materials. We send our books as soon as we have read them by
inexpensive surface mail.
Send your books
Alliance for Preacher Training and Commission
P.O. Box 3774,
From Dr. Les Norman, the founder of the Schools of Mission network:
If you are the
leader of an existing School of Mission or just thinking about starting
one and joining the network, I urge you to adopt and adapt this model
from Kenya because the results are truly outstanding, and I have seen
them for myself.