Monday, March 10, 2008

Statistics Don't Lie

A very important President of a local Bible Seminary came to my church to preach last Sunday.

He said he has two very important points he wanted to deliver to us.

"First, the focus of Christianity has shifted from North to South. The major growth centres are in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For the first time in history, there are more Christians south of the equator than north! "

"Second, there are about 2 million full time workers in the whole world. Out of this 2 million full time workers, only about 10% has any form of theological education, some only rudimentary."

"Isn't it a challenge for us to build more theological seminaries so that more full time workers can be theologically trained?" That was his challenge.

Me thinks,

10% of 2 million is 200,000 theologically trained full time workers. Yet, the church is growing exponentially in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Obviously these 200,000 is too small a number to influence about 2 billions Christians.

Could it be that theologically trained full time workers are not necessary?

And that God is doing well without them?

What do you think?

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