Location Residency Dates
Hanoi, Vietnam ~ June 2015 – June 2017
Nathan Norman, MDiv
Senior Pastor, The Orchard Church, Traverse City, Michigan.
Christ’s church is growing! Today the Evangelical Church of Vietnam North (ECVN) has almost 200, 000 baptized believers and has plans to plant another 3,000 churches!
While this church growth is exciting, it has resulted in a severe leadership crisis for two reasons:
- First, since most of the evangelism has been done by radio, the vast majority of believers have never been discipled.
- Secondly, since the training of Christian leaders has been illegal for decades, there is a severe shortage of trained pastors to shepherd this large and growing flock. One of the pastors Dr. Kent met in the fall of 2014 said that he tries to provide leadership for 18 congregations, while another was trying to look after 10,000 youth!
A glimpse of Hanoi and the incredible opportunity!
The good news is that in 2013, the government finally granted the North Vietnamese Evangelical Church permission to start training Christian leaders! Although this training is restricted to ECVN’s Hanoi campus, the equipping of church leaders can now begin.
For this reason, ECVN President Nguyen Huu Mac has formally invited CrossTalk Global to come to Hanoi and train their church leadership. President Mac sees CrossTalk’s methodology of multiplication (equipping indigenous leaders so that they can equip their colleagues) as their primary educational strategy. In June 2017, the first cohort finished their 3 year residency!
Steve Smith said this regarding the impact these trained biblical communicators will have:
On June 9, seventeen pastors and leaders in the only government authorized Protestant church in North Vietnam completed their three-year course with CrossTalk Global and
became Certified Biblical Communicators… These seventeen Certified Biblical Communicators will have vastly improved skills to communicate the Bible to the approximately 1,700 people they teach. One of these students is a pastor of a church in northwest Vietnam. His church has over 200 members and he oversees another 120 pastors in his province. Imagine the impact this high-level training will have throughout his province! Read Steve’s full report here.
Steve Smith, Executive Board Member, CrossTalk Global.
CrossTalk’s ministry is critical to the continued growth and maturity of the church in Vietnam. With your generous support, you can partner with CrossTalk Global to make large and lasting difference in the church of Vietnam!