Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meet Al & Edie Lewis -- Global Training Team Interview Series (Part 1 of 4)

Welcome to the beginning of a new short blog series introducing the members of the ReachGlobal Global Training Team. An amazing resource for training and equipping national leaders, this team travels all over the world -- and would love to come alongside our team in Latin America in any way they can.

Meet Al & Edie Lewis today, and watch for future installments introducing Mark Wold, Gene Wilson, and John and Cheryl Fornelli. Discover how they can partner with you in LA to multiply healthy churches.

Name: Al and Edie Lewis

Where do you currently live? Fort Dodge, IA

What is your history with RG? We joined RG two years ago after serving as a pastor in the EFCA for 23 years.

What is your current position? Director of Pastoral Training

What does that mean? What do you do? I [Al] provide biblical and theological training for pastors around the world who cannot otherwise get training. Edie teaches, counsels, mentors and trains pastors’ wives and other women leaders.

What is the most exciting aspect of your role? I am excited about starting training networks that allow us to train national trainers who, in turn, train national pastors.
I am especially excited about pastors learning to study and teach the Word accurately.

Have you ever been to Latin America or lived here? If so, where? I have made several missions trips to Mexico while pastoring and have been to Venezuela with RG.

What excites you about doing ministry in LA? I am excited about LA pastors becoming skilled in Bible study and teaching and preaching, especially those who cannot get training presently.

How can you be a resource to our LA missionaries? I can teach or train on a wide range of biblical or theological topics, and I can train staff or nationals to set up training networks.

How can we partner together to enhance our ministry? We want to be at your service to be used however you think is best. We are willing to travel and pay our own way to help you equip your pastors in the best possible way. I have limited ability to communicate in Spanish but not enough to teach or preach.

Examples of pastoral training courses:
  • Biblical or systematic theology
  • A framework for a biblical worldview
  • Practical bible study methods
  • Teaching and preaching skills
  • Biblical counseling
  • A biblical view of marriage and family
  • Individual books of the bible
  • Other courses as needed

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