Ministry Overview » Equipping Church Leaders
READ partners with unions of evangelical churches in Ukraine, Belarus, The Republic of Georgia and various countries of Central Asia. Through these partnerships, READ equips pastors and other church leaders, church planters, and cross-cultural missionaries with quality, Bible-based literature and other media for their ministries of preaching God's Word, evangelism, church planting, and discipleship.
One of the ways READ provides these tools, and the training to use them, is by sponsoring a conference for church leaders. Church leaders are invited to attend a conference with the theme "Books in the Life of God's Servant." Various lectures and seminars are conducted in the indigenous language by respected local theological educators and church leaders. At the end of a conference, each church leader is presented with a personal theological library of 20 - 25 titles.
Another way READ provides tools to church leaders, church planters and cross-cultural missionaries is to offer theological libraries in electronic or digital format. In many places READ serves, taking or distributing paper books is not a problem. However, in some countries it is impossible. So, READ and its ministry partners developed a digital delivery system for resourcing church leaders and missionaries working in Islamic contexts with restricted access.