Kaboson Pastors Training College in Kenya
Africa Gospel Church in Kenya has 1,500 congregations, comprising 450,000 people in eastern Africa. Unfortunately, many pastors in AGC churches are untrained and unable to attend Kenya Highlands Evangelical University in Kericho because of expense, distance, or family responsibilities or because they do not meet admission requirements. Kaboson Pastors Training College was founded in 1993 in the Chebalungu district in southwest Kenya to meet the vital need of providing national pastors with formal education and theological training.
The training program at Kaboson is designed to emphasize the practical skills every pastor needs for effective ministry: a good grasp of Bible knowledge and doctrine, the ability to speak and preach well, the capacity to lead people to Christ and disciple them, and the training to guide a church forward. Kaboson offers training in pastoral ministries, counseling psychology, and Christian leadership.
An important aspect of study at Kaboson is the three-month practicum ministry and mentoring program. During the regular college term, students are sent out to local churches, schools, and other ministries where they put into practice what they’ve learned in class. Each student’s practicum is supervised by two trained field mentors and a faculty mentor. Students are placed into small groups under the faculty mentors, providing them with a safe place to grow spiritually and personal counseling when necessary.
Kaboson serves about 80 students, both men and women, each year. Most students are in the pastoral ministries program, but the counseling program receives about 10 students each year. The college accepts students who have finished high school and have been sent by their local churches. Candidates with a primary level of education may be accepted from mission fields and newly established areas.
After graduation, more than 90 percent of Kaboson graduates go into full-time ministry. Currently, Kaboson graduates are leading AGC churches and serving as district leaders and missionaries. These graduates are playing significant roles in increasing the number of people coming to Christ in rural and urban Kenya and in the establishment of many new churches. As churches see the results of having trained pastors, they are sending more and more students to Kaboson.
Rev. Dr. Stephen Ng’enoh, a graduate of Kenya Highlands Evangelical University and the former business manager at Tenwek Hospital, leads the college. Most Kaboson lecturers are from Africa, and currently five Kenyans and a missionary couple are among the resident lecturers. Missionaries from WGM and Immanuel General Mission (an indigenous Japanese denomination) serve at different times, and visiting lecturers who serve in full-time Christian ministry in different places are also invited to the college. A staff development program has been started to help Kaboson staff advance their spiritual, social, academic, and ministry skills.
Current facilities at Kaboson include staff houses; dormitories; a kitchen and dining hall, which also serves as the chapel; and a multipurpose building with administrative offices and classrooms. The steadily growing library is contained in a room while the college looks forward to constructing a building for the library.
While Kaboson has adequate dormitory, housing, and classroom space for 80 students, it hopes to enlarge the facilities to allow more students to attend. The school also envisions constructing another staff duplex to house all trained faculty.
GIVE: Kaboson is supported through donations from churches and a monthly grant from WGM. Is the Lord calling you to join this ministry through a special gift? Specific needs at the college include:
- Student scholarships: Most students come from poorer areas and homes in Kenya. The majority of expenses for tuition and room and board are raised by their sending church, district, and family. AGC, WGM, and IGM also provide scholarships. Student fees are approximately $750 per year.
- Building maintenance: The college needs to purchase water tanks for the dorms and improve the library shelving at a cost of roughly $3,000.
- Computer program: Kaboson would like to start a computer program and would like to buy desktop computers, which will cost about $7,000.
Make checks payable to World Gospel Mission and write Kaboson Pastors Training College on the memo line. Send check donations to:
World Gospel Mission
P.O. Box 948
Marion, IN 46952-0948
PRAY: Please pray that God will call more men and women to attend Kaboson to be trained for ministry and that missionaries will respond to teach and mentor them.
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