Global University, headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recognizes the sacrifices that many rural pastors make to maintain their congregations and to impact their communities. Often rural pastors serve bi-vocationally to live out their calling while still meeting the needs of their families and ministering on shoe-string budgets.
In October, Pastor Appreciation month, Global University is partnering with Rural Compassion to scholarship 30 rural pastors with three courses each from its Berean School of the Bible. By working with surrounding Assemblies of God districts and Rural Compassion, Global University will identify this group of influential leaders who are equipping their churches to become the center of their communities. Global University offers a gateway into ministerial training so that these leaders may advance to the next level in their credentialing process.
Global University's partnership with Rural Compassion comes naturally. The mission statement of Global University is to "win the lost and train the found, everywhere." Rural Compassion embodies the execution of this mission - to equip rural pastors to win the lost in their communities by responding to felt needs and using the platform of the church as a gateway to service based care.
"We are thrilled to acknowledge and award rural pastors who are committed to local service and who desire to continue their ministerial training," reflects Dr. Gary Seevers, president of Global University. "The partnership with Rural Compassion to select these recipients is God-ordained and the perfect vehicle in which to make connections with these pastors."
Steve Donaldson, president and founder of Rural Compassion, states, "Truly, pastors in rural churches offer a very special contribution to our Fellowship. These men and women need to be encouraged, strengthened, and empowered, and this partnership with Global University is the perfect vehicle to do such."
For more information about Global University, see globaluniversity.edu. To learn more about Rural Compassion, a partner ministry of Convoy of Hope, click here.