GBF Pastoral Training
At the heart of Jesus’ Great Commission is the mandate for discipleship. Discipleship entails training followers of Christ. One component of discipleship is training church leaders. Paul commanded Timothy to train future church leaders: “The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Every church needs to be investing in church leaders, both current and potential. Since our inception, GBF has had the privilege of partnering with other ministries in training men for local church ministry. GBF has partnered with Slavic Gospel Association, The Master’s Academy International, The Master’s Seminary, The Cornerstone Seminary and others to fulfill this goal. Below are current opportunities God has provided for us to help train pastors.
The Cornerstone Seminary, Vallejo CA
Since 2006 Pastor Cliff has been teaching Apologetics, theology and other classes at The Cornerstone Seminary (TCS) on the campus of Community Bible Church. Men come to TCS to get pastoral training from as far as Eureka, Sacramento and Hollister. We have also had international students from India, Spain, Ukraine and South America. Pastor Cliff currently serves as one of the Board of Directors. See www.tcbs.org for more information.
Irpin Biblical Seminary, Kiev Ukraine
Pastor Cliff teaches Apologetics and Bible Exposition at Irpin Biblical Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine. The seminary trains men from Russian speaking countries in MDiv and ThM programs, preparing men for pastoral ministry. The seminary was started in the early 1990’s under the leadership of John MacArthur and The Master’s Seminary.
Novosibirsk Biblical Theological Seminary, Siberia
Through partnership with The Slavic Gospel Association, headed by Dr. Bob Provost, Pastor Cliff is a visiting professor at this seminary in the heart of Siberia where, as recent as 1990, the Bible was once outlawed under the Soviet Union. This seminary is training Russian pastors for local church ministry.
GBF Missions has an ongoing training ministry to more than 80 pastors in south-eastern India surrounding the city of Tenali. Since 2015 Pastor Cliff has provided pastoral training for pastors there through Skype. GBF will be hosting a Shepherd’s Conference in November, 2016 for almost 100 Indian pastors. GBF also helps facilitate ministry to widows, orphans, the elderly and lepers in India through several local churches there. For more information on the mission to India see the website www.ChristtoIndia.org
Accra, Ghana Africa
GBF Missions is partnering with Samuel, a local pastor in Ghana, with the goal of long-term training of pastors in that region. GBF is planning the first-ever Shepherd’s Conference in Ghana in 2017.