This June, the annual Dallas Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) returned to the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary as 26 young pastors from around the world converged there for three weeks of intense training. 

The Dallas GPA, which has occurred annually on the DTS campus since 2005, is a ministry of RREACH founded by Dr. Ramesh Richard, professor of Pastoral Ministries and Global Theological Engagement. 

This once-in-a-lifetime pedagogical and networking experience features world-renowned master coaches, including presidents and deans of evangelical seminaries, who strengthen pastors in the areas of biblical spirituality, theological discernment and effective preaching during daily seminars.

This year Dr. Mark Bailey, president of DTS and professor of Bible Exposition, joined Dr. Richard and other DTS alumni (Dr. Charles Ryrie, Dr. Imad Shehadeh, and Dr. Bill Lawrence) as Master Coach faculty.

Pastors at the 2011 Dallas GPA came from the 26 following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, China, Czech Republic, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Panama, Poland, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.    

Over the past six years, the GPA has graduated 148 pastors from 63 countries. These pastors – among the best in their nations and regions – have returned to their home countries to multiply their training with other pastors as part of RREACH’s decade-long project, the Global Proclamation Commission (2010-2020). 

Through this initiative, the Lord willing, RREACH will use the Dallas GPA and national GPAs, among other training opportunities, to connect, unite and strengthen 4000 cohorts of 25 pastors each from 200 countries by 2020 toward fulfilling its vision to “change the way One Billion Individuals think and hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Please continue to pray for these fine, young pastors as they apply what they learned at the Dallas GPA to their ministries and facilitate GPA-type training in their homelands—the location of the majority of the Christian faith at this time of church history.