ON ORGANIZATIONAL LETTERHEAD
January 13, 2005
Mr. Robert J. Vickers, President
The Robert J. Vickers Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dear Mr. Vickers:
Greetings! [The introduction paragraph is purely to connect. . . Either 1) first- or second-generational connections/relationships, 2) geographic connections, and/or 3) field of interest connections AND/OR relationships.] It was great to talk with Benjamin concerning the work that is going on with The Vickers Foundation. I want to commend you on the global advance of the gospel that is taking place through you!
I am very encouraged at what is going on through Pastors Reaching Out, as well. We are in the midst of an incredible movement of God! We have been a part of multi-organizational work in a number of countries and have seen God move in unbelievable ways–both through the corroboration and cooperation of organizations to be about His Kingdom’s work, AND the indigenous work through the pastors we serve.
We are currently in need of reaching the next level–and we are excited about the possibility of partnering together with funders to get to the next level in training pastors worldwide. In years past, many mission leaders considered the Himalayan region of the world a hopeless case for Christianity. That is not so, today. In fact we have a wonderful opportunity to help the Nepali Church equip its own pastoral leaders as-well-as pastors throughout the entire continent. Draped along the heights of the Himalayan Mountain Range, the Kingdom of Nepal, is a very poor country that is so rich in human resources, scenic splendor and cultural treasures. In spite of its "Shangri-La" image, Nepal is actually poorer than Bangladesh, with an average income of $ 150 to $ 210 per year. Its’ leaders historically have been determined to keep it off limits for Christianity. Converts were few and far between. At one time there was a law against conversion to Christianity–many were forced to stay in jail for six years for their faith. But the turnaround has been dramatic! Changes have been made in the Nepali Constitution. Even though Christians are harassed and thrown into jail, churches are multiplying on the mountainsides and in the valleys. The harvest is ripe and the laborers are busy reaping and asking for help.
Now is the time to invest appropriate resources into the evangelization of Nepal. Some of the country's most creative and most trusted leaders are calling for a high priority to be placed on the equipping of hundreds of pastoral leaders. In fact just over a month ago, the Himalayan Pastoral Leaders Conference 2001, began answering that call.
In February 2001, 1,334 pastors came from Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, and Nagaland, India. We provided training in basic skills like: How to Develop and Multiply Healthy Churches, how to Equip and Empower Pastoral Leaders, and How to Preach Like an Apostle. Our work with local coordinators to launch up to a dozen pastoral training centers throughout the Himalayan region during the next 12 months.
We need help. We need your help to help an entire nation–rather, an entire continent. I am eager to talk to you concerning the enclosed proposal and our request. If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to call me at 660.747.6390. Thank you. May God bless you and your ministry.
Ethan Stockdale, Founder and President
Pastors Reaching Out
Pastors Reaching Out
Vision and Mission Statements:
Pastors Reaching Out exists to "see at least one equipped and maturing Pastoral Leader" in every church. We are a coalition of pastoral training organizations intentionally accelerating the ministry development of millions of pastoral leaders in contexts where the explosive growth of the Church demands it by:
• Encouraging and equipping pastoral trainers.
• Sharing knowledge, skills and character formation.
• Bringing new resources on-line and into affiliation.
• Improving the qualitative impact of resources.
• Increasing the impact of resources, resulting in pastoral leaders who are Christ-like servants who shepherd a congregation of believers to fulfill the Great Commission.
Our objective is to intentionally accelerate the number and effectiveness of non-formal pastoral leadership trainers working in contexts where the explosive growth of the Church demands it.
Target Market and Geographic Area Served:
Our initial focus has been on the Philippines–out of the present 34,000 evangelical churches, more than 15,000 were planted in the last ten years. It is estimated that about ninety percent of these are being pastored by individuals with little or no biblical training. The Philippine Council of Churches has asked us to help them equip these pastoral leaders.
Four other areas of focus are: the Americas (the Caribbean, Central America and South America), India (particularly North India at the invitation of the Council on National Service, the Himalayan Region (Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Nagaland, India) and South Africa. In global terms, it is estimated that about 2 million pastoral leaders are lacking in some aspect of essential pastoral training.
Pastors Reaching Out is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization organized in The State of Missouri in 1992 and is governed by a Board of Directors of seven (See Page 6). See attached I. R. S. Department of Treasury Determination Letter.
Mr. Ethan Stockdale, Founder and President 660.111.2222, voice
Pastors Reaching Out 660.999.3333, cell
P.O. Box 1225 firstname.lastname@example.org
Warrensburg, MO 64093 www.pastorsreachingout.com
Financial Request and Purpose:
The needs of an expanding organization like ours are overwhelming. Our current and immediate needs are such that we are asking you for a grant of $ 50,000 (or any portion thereof) toward our general operating budget (see Budget on Page 4). TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED: $ 50,000
Evaluation and Accountability:
The progress and effectiveness of Pastors Reaching Out will be determined by ongoing analysis and oversight of staff, advisors, pastors in the field, and Board of Directors. Because we are committed to integrity, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluative measure that you request.
Pastors Reaching Out
The Statement of Need:In global terms, it is estimated that about 2 million pastoral leaders are lacking in some aspect of essential pastoral training. Consider the following:
• More than 176,000 new believers are added to the Church daily.
• More than 4,000 new churches are started each week.
• We are in the midst of a growth period where 12,000 new churches a week within three years.
• The number of Evangelicals has grown three times faster than the world’s population.
Currently, approximately 4,000 new churches are born each week. It is projected to reach 12,000 per week, within three years. The number is growing exponentially and on a daily basis! Today, there are thousands of sheep without a shepherd and multitudes of churches without at least one fully equipped pastoral leader.
History teaches us that without trained leaders established in the faith, churches dwindle and die. Over the past 25 years there has been explosive growth in the Church. Focusing on church multiplication and evangelism, along with the redirection of missions efforts to emphasize the least evangelized, has aided this growth. Growth, phenomenal growth–and the problem of not enough trained, equipped pastors. Many of theses "groups of people" are sheep without a shepherd. There are multitudes of churches without even a single trained pastoral leader.
Historically, we have concentrated the training of leaders in Bible Institutes, Seminaries and other formal systems of "in-residence-education." Even when these are effective and bring great blessings, they do not meet the great need due to their high costs and the investment of time, money, and geographic location. Dr. Matt Hodkins says, "Those two million keen, humble, godly men running two million of the churches in Africa, Asia, the former Soviet Union and Latin America CAN’T be educated by setting up schools which they cannot attend." We need to create and develop other systems that are easily transferable, transportable and less costly in order to meet them where they are.
Pastors Reaching Out was created to meet this need. We must cooperate across all organizational, denominational, and EVERY OTHER BARRIER to adequately train and empower indigenous pastors. We seeks to answer the question: "After a church is planted, what next?" Simply planting a church without making provision for its health often stunts the growth-life of the congregation. Church growth without church health is biblically inadequate and missionally ineffective. We aim for healthy, growing churches through the provision of essential ministry training to the ill-equipped pastoral leader.
Our Strategic Plan:
Pastors Reaching Out’s fivefold plan is:
1. To connect the large numbers of pastors needing essential training with effective pastoral training organizations.
2. To coordinate strategies among pastoral training ministries and indigenous churches.
3. To conduct training events for pastoral trainers–upgrading their skills and introducing effective methodologies.
4. To certify non-formal pastoral training programs (recommending, affirming, and/or certifying) pastoral training ministries, curricula, and trainers.
5. To assess the effectiveness of pastoral training efforts (helping pastors assess their own programs).
Our Tactics are:
• To identify and network ministries, materials and other resources on regional, national and international levels–creating and maintaining a database for each.
• To test and implement effective non-formal pastoral training models that already exist.
• To facilitate and nurture the development of indigenous non-formal pastoral education programs.
• To stimulate and enlarge vision for non-formal pastoral leadership training among formal training institutions and churches.
Our Premises are:
• A local church is only as healthy as its pastoral leaders.
• Large numbers of pastoral leaders, especially where the Church is growing rapidly, need essential ministry training.
• This can best be accomplished by concerted, cooperative action of pastoral equipping organizations.
Our Core Values are:
• The Great Commission will not be fulfilled without the effective equipping of pastoral leaders.
• Qualified pastoral leadership is critical to the health of the Church locally and globally.
• Biblical character, knowledge, and skill form effective pastoral ministries in any congregation.
• Cooperation reflects the Body of Christ maximizing human and financial resources.
• Non-formal education of pastors is the best way to meet the urgent need in the world's weaker economies.
• Training local pastoral leaders to equip the saints is the better way of doing missions in today's world.
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Our budget is $ 470,000 and is presented on Page 4.
We seek to explore the possibilities for concerted, co-active connection among pastoral training agencies to significantly reduce the great (and ever increasing) number of virtually untrained pastors in Africa, Asia, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America (currently estimated at some 2 million!). We were born out of the heightening realization among pastoral trainers that a task of this magnitude cannot and will not be accomplished if we all continue to "go it alone" on an organization-by-organization basis. Institutions offering formal training are far too few at present, and new ones cannot be established fast enough. We are only falling further behind in the large scope of the need while pursuing our individual ministries.
We seek to answer the question "after a church is planted, what next?" Simply planting a church without making provision for its health shackles the life of the congregation. Church growth without making provision for church health through trained pastoral leaders is biblically inadequate and ineffective. We aim for healthy churches through supplying essential ministry training to their untrained pastors.
This program is being planned, developed, and implemented at this time. The only barrier to expansion to fullest is financial.