Barnabas, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Barnabas Fund – November 1st – Update 1

The Shepherd’s Academy continues to grow.

Barnabas Fund, 17th October 2023 (excerpts)

Barnabas Aid’s theological and pastoral training programme, The Shepherd’s Academy (TSA), continues to grow, with over 800 grassroots church leaders from more than 30 countries now registered.  TSA provides training opportunities for church leaders in the Global South who often struggle to access formal training or education to support them in their God-given calling as leaders of the church.

600 leaders are undertaking short courses while 200 are studying for an undergraduate degree.  Less than a year ago there were just over 400 students registered.

TSA programmes combine guided self-study and online classes, keeping overheads low. Each undergraduate student is linked to a local TSA study centre. There are now 20 such study centres in 12 countries.

“I might never have had this kind of opportunity to study without TSA,” says Pastor Godwill, “With the kind of tutorials and tutors we have at TSA, and the small amount of money we pay as tuition fee, I can only say we have been favoured by God to have TSA.”

Barnabas Director Dr Patrick Sookhdeo says, “Our mission is to form in a new generation of leaders the character and integrity that will give them the foundation to face their challenges, find hope in hopeless situations and counter untruth with truth.”