A large percentage of the pastors in the Church of God of Tanzania have very low education. Although they may have attended Bible school at some level, they lack both advanced theological education and regular academic experience. Many of the pastors have a regular education level of 4th-7th grade and no secondary school experience at all.
As the younger population of church-goers grows in their level of education, even in small villages, the older generation is left behind academically. While the pastors continue to need Bible and pastoral training, they also need and desire to advance their academic experience in secondary school in an effort to remain relevant. It is becoming more and more difficult for pastors to maintain their credibility in their communities when the younger generation of believers have passed them by in every academic metric.
A more educated pastoral leadership community in the Church of God will be a more strategic, creative, and critical thinking community of leaders.
Pastors who are poured into continue to give back to the church. Those pastors have become the decision makers and the directors for ministry throughout the Church of God of Tanzania. They have utilized their experience and education to invest in others in the Church and have contributed to the Church of God in Tanzania becoming increasingly self-sustaining and self-propagating.
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