Name a greater need in Africa right now than the training of pastors, and a better place to be doing that than in Gauteng, the gateway into Southern Africa. Called the ‘surprise of the 20th century’ in missions, much of the African continent has converted to Christianity. Yet what kind of Christianity, and what kind of churches, in light of all the social ills, ungodliness, and false gospels that abound?

As goes the pulpit, so goes the church, and so goes the nation. Whenever God has sent true revival in history, at the heart has always been mighty preachers and strong churches. The impact is incalculable on a land when God raises up many Ezras devoted “to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach” God’s Word to His people (Ezra 7:10).

This is our great burden and single passion at Shepherds: To come alongside local churches, helping them to fulfil their God-given duty and high privilege of training faithful men to shepherd God’s flock (2 Tim 2:2). And what a team of teachers the Lord has brought together to do this at Shepherds—experienced pastors, proven expositors, skilled theologians and authors eager to equip the next generation. My only problem will be that I want to attend every class myself under these men!

How tragic that many today care more about the medical qualifications of their doctor than about the spiritual and theological qualifications of their pastors, men who care for their eternal souls. Pastoral training matters immensely—don’t settle for less than the best.

The first student at Spurgeon’s pastoral college said, “I must preach, sir, and I shall preach unless you cut off my head!” These are the kind of men Shepherds Seminary wants to train. If you are one of those, or know of such a man, please contact us.

Yours for Christ’s precious flock,

Dr Tim Cantrell
Pastor at Antioch Bible Church