An estimated 95% of pastors worldwide have had no formal training.
The CSGC estimates a total of 5 million pastors/priests in all Christian traditions worldwide…Of these, we estimate that 5% (250,000) are likely to have formal theological training.”
The most serious need of churches in economically-challenged countries, is the need to train their untrained pastors and Christian leaders.
If a pastoral leader is able initially to provide pastoral care for a group of 50 believers, 1,000 new pastors are daily needed to serve the 50,000 new believers baptized every day.
86% of Christian leaders indicate that theological education is ‘most important’ for the future of world Christianity and the mission of the Church.
For 23 years, Dr. Woodrow Kroll served as the Senior Bible Teacher for Back to the Bible radio ministry and through their international ministry he was able to visit over 100 countries preaching and teaching God’s Word. In those travels, he met many national pastors who were doing the best they could and all they could to serve the Lord and fulfill His call on their lives, but Dr. Kroll found that so many of them had so very little, especially in the way of training. He told the Lord “If I ever have time, I’ll do something about that.”
Dr. Kroll retired from Back to the Bible in January 2013 and about 4-5 days later the Lord reminded him of his promise. Dr. Kroll soon un-retired, started The Psalm 119 Association Inc. (doing ministry as Woodrow Kroll Ministries) and then created the HELIOS Projects to address the need of untrained pastors and Christian leaders worldwide.
How great is the need?
The need is similar to that of the Ethiopian eunuch recorded in Acts 8:30-31. As the eunuch reads the Word of God, “…Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked. ‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’…” Many of these pastors have the Word of God and they are doing the best they can to understand it but they are praying and pleading that someone would come alongside them and explain it to them.
Through the HELIOS Projects we can answer the prayers of His shepherds and provide the training they so desperately want and need!