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Training Leaders in Their Own Land

Many pastors around the world do not have formal training to teach the Word of God. Through short-term trips and support of partner seminaries, we enable national leaders to train for gospel work among their own people.

Fellowship for Theological Training

The Fellowship for Theological Training (FTT) promotes theological understanding and biblical exposition in local churches around the world.

Through short-term teaching trips, pastors and church leaders teach national leaders to study, teach and preach the Word of God to their own congregations.

South Africa
Doug Moo collaborated on translation issues at the University of Stellenbosch and taught a two-week course on Paul’s letter to the Romans to 30 students at The Bible Institute of South Africa.

Josh Moody and Gavin Lymberopoulos worked with church planting leaders and Santiago Bible College, training from Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

At St. Trivelius Institute, Michael McKittrick taught a week-long Old Testament Interpretation class. Students shared specific ways they had been challenged and encouraged throughout the week.

Dan Block met with leaders of the Theological Seminary in Moscow, spoke at a local church and encouraged local evangelicals through conversations with the Baptist Union.

International Partner Seminaries

College Church partners with 13 seminaries to train national leaders for gospel work – among their own people and among the least-reached peoples of the world. We seek to expand educational opportunities by providing scholarships, career missionaries and short-term teachers.

Partner Seminaries

Central African Republic

Bangui Evangelical School of Theology (BEST) was founded in 1977. BEST has 188 students on three campuses.  They recently opened a women’s school to the larger community as well as schooling for other ages, including kindergarten, primary- and secondary-aged children.  []


Africa International University is committed to training Christ-centered leaders who will be agents of transformation for the world’s countries, societies and communities. There were 1,100 students enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year, 600 more than the year before.  []


New Theological College (NTC) is a university in Northern India whose programs are designed so that students will gain spiritual and theological training as well as practical ministry experience integrated with academic learning. The devotional life of each student and faculty member is a very important part of their spiritual formation as well. There were 282 students enrolled in the 2018-2019 academic year.  []


Founded in 1966, Tyrannus Bible Seminary is one of the oldest interdenominational evangelical schools in the country. TBS is in a predominantly Muslim community and in a region of low socio-economic status. The 2019 graduating class produced 57 students ready for church ministry.  []


The mission of Asian Theological Seminary (ATS) is to glorify God by providing quality theological education to prepare leaders who will affect biblical transformation in the church and societies in Asia and beyond. The seminary aims to become the leading evangelical seminary in Asia that produces outstanding servant leaders.  []


Theological Seminary in Moscow, founded in 1993, trains local leaders to bring the gospel of Christ to churches and communities throughout Russia. There are over 2,000 graduates of MTS now serving Russian churches and ministries. []


Hanoi Bible College (HBC) graduated its first 23 students with a Bachelors of Theology in 2018. This academic year they have 40 students enrolled and offer two programs – a Bachelors of Theology and a Bachelors of the Bible. Some have returned to their villages in the mountains to serve growing churches while others are planting churches in various parts of the country.  []


Saint Trivelius Institute is an interdenominational school that seeks to train people to serve God through practical, Bible-based teaching. It is the only fully operating school of its kind left in the country. Students from different churches and denominations are trained and serve together as an expression of the unity of the church through both Bachelors and Masters programs.  []


Odessa Theological Seminary (OTS) is a Baptist theological institution of higher learning that helps local churches prepare Christians for church, missionary and educational ministry both in the church and in the world, in order to accomplish the Great Commission. For the 2019-2020 school year, the seminary had 330 students enrolled in two Certificates, five Bachelors degrees and two Masters programs.  []


Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) equips servant leaders for the ministry challenges arising in the Middle East and North Africa – be it theology, apologetics, communication, pastoral care, ethics, society or culture. ABTS was founded in 1960, built on hills overlooking Beirut. []


Forman Christian College (FCC) was founded in 1864 by a Presbyterian missionary from the USA. With over 8,000 students and 200 faculty, the university offers a wide variety of programs. They seek to impart, create and disseminate knowledge and to develop informed, ethical and responsible citizens who are prepared and committed to learn, lead and serve.  []


The primary goal of the Bolivian Bible Seminary (BBS) is to train pastors for the Evangelical Christian Union, the SIM-affiliated national church, in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Bible and Theology. BBS is vital to the spiritual health of the Bolivian church, since churches without good Bible teaching and mature leaders are in danger of losing their spiritual and biblical foundations.   []


Word of Life (WOL) Seminary has seen God’s gracious hand clearly at work as over the years it has grown even during the country’s financial crisis. In the 2019-2020 school year, 819 students are enrolled in their programs. As of 2019, WOL is offering a Master of Divinity.  []

Board of Missions

The Board of Missions oversees the Missions program, including sending missionaries and sponsoring seminaries through prayer and financial support.

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