- Langham Literature provides Majority World pastors, scholars and seminary libraries with evangelical books and electronic resources through grants, discounts and distribution. We also foster the creation of indigenous evangelical books for pastors in many languages, through training workshops for writers and editors, sponsored writing, translation, strengthening local evangelical publishing houses, and investment in major regional literature projects, such as one volume Bible commentaries like The Africa Bible Commentary.
- Langham Scholars identifies men and women who are academically able and recommended by their churches as committed to godly and evangelical faith and life, and equips them for a lifetime of ministry through a Ph.D in biblical and theological studies. These scholars then return to their home countries to teach and train future pastors and Christian leaders in seminaries. Many of them also exercise significant influence through their writing and wide leadership in the global church.
- Langham Preaching partners with national leaders to nurture indigenous biblical preaching movements for pastors and lay preachers all around the world. With the support of a team of trainers from many countries, we provide multi-level seminars focusing on practical, biblically based training. We follow up by training local preaching facilitators. The formation of local preachers’ groups and national and regional networks ensure continuity and ongoing development, seeking to build vigorous movements committed to Bible exposition.
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Langham Literature continually strives to nurture strategic publishing projects. At present, the focus is on one-volume Bible commentaries that allow the word of God to speak relevantly to contemporary realities in particular regions.
The following principles guide all these projects:
- The authors must be indigenous scholars, writing from within their own contexts, for the people of their region.
- All contributions must be in line with and support the confessional direction of the Lausanne Covenant.
- The work must contribute to developing the infrastructure of Christian publishing in the region.
The first regional one-volume commentary to be published was the Africa Bible Commentary (2006). More than 100,000 copies of this work have been sold in English, French, Portuguese, Swahili and further translations of Malagasy, Hausa and Amharic are in progress.
Similar one-volume commentaries are being produced for South Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
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Scholar Leaders in Africa
82 Langham Scholars from 18 Countries
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The primary aim of Langham Preaching is to work in fellowship with national leaders to establish local and national preaching movements (a fellowship of Bible preachers). Together we provide practical on-site support for pastors and lay preachers, organising training seminars, providing resources, and building a local movement committed to Bible exposition. During 2012 programmes were underway in many parts of Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia.
Local ownership is vitally important and so, before a programme begins, a line-up meeting is needed with church leaders from across the denominations and across the country, to discuss how a long-term programme is best established. Then the training begins with a series of Langham Preaching seminars designed to sustain training over several years. Each seminar is usually for 4 days, and provides practical help and encouragement to those who have a Bible preaching/teaching role, whether pastors, lay preachers, evangelists, church planters or workers in para-church settings. The purpose is to work with national believers to develop an indigenous movement for relevant Bible exposition. Our training ethos is described below.
Level 1 introduces the foundations of Biblical preaching. Level 2 typically covers the theme of preaching from the New Testament, and level 3 tackles preaching from the Old Testament. The seminars involve lectures, group work, Bible expositions, prayer, and planning for grassroots training and support. There is also a ‘training of trainers’ programme developed for those who will serve as local facilitators in their towns or regions. They then run local level 1 training events, and participants then usually join the national training programme. In this way the preaching movement develops both locally and nationally.
Continuity is encouraged through local preachers’ groups which meet regularly. Sometimes called preachers’ clubs, or escuelitas in Latin America, every participant in the programme is encouraged to join such a local group, providing regular opportunities to learn together and to support others in the preaching fellowship.
Local ownership is key: the programmes are developed by leaders with a commitment to encourage Biblical preaching movements in their town or country.
Regional coordinators are appointed to facilitate the development of preaching programmes in major world regions. In turn, there is a growing sense of regional fellowship amongst the emerging preaching movements, strengthening the work in each country and sharing resources in the region.
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