Dr Thomas Schirrmacher, the Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, has sent a video greeting to the members of the Increase Association, and I'd like to share that with you here.
Earlier in the year, Increase was welcomed as a member of the WEA's Global Theology Department, and in this greeting, Dr Thomas encourages the role of TEE and church-based training in helping equip believers and leaders globally. Adapting Jesus' memorable saying about the Sabbath, and applying it to education, he says,
“Man was not made for education, but education was made for man.”
In other words, we need to provide all kinds of possibilities for training and equipping - we can't be content with a 'one size fits all' approach. We need to look for ways that work for busy people, that allow for on the job, in the context training. And TEE, Theological Education by Extension, and other kinds of church-based training are ready to play a role here.
Do take five and a half minutes to listen to the Secretary-General of the World Evangelical Alliance. I think you will be encouraged!