CBW was formed into a charity in January 2009 emerging from the growing work of Pastor Training International. It is evident that there are millions of pastors worldwide with no formal training. Our research shows that there are some 160,000 pastors in West Africa alone, who have received no theological training and have no helpful books to assist their spiritual growth.
PTI had supplied good theological material in its conferences in Africa, and elsewhere, to pastors with little or no prior theological training. Following up on these men was a major concern catered for by PTI’s mentoring scheme. This scheme runs from the UK and as the mentored student progresses in his studies he is rewarded by further additions to his library. In this way, pastors, who may have been teaching error, are guided into sound Biblical knowledge and study habits. To read their responses in PTI newsletters is heartening indeed.
However, PTI with the growing demand for conferences (21 in 2009) needed to focus on its training program and mentoring, while the vision to supply sound theological literature grew.
CBW was formed to meet the huge need of the church in the Developing World with resources we in the West take for granted. CBW continues to work closely with PTI supplying their growing demands for targeted theological material in English or increasingly in the vernacular pertinent to the countries where conferences are held.
European publishing houses struggle to finance translations of English classics, and we support the work of 3L Verlag in Germany, Editorial Peregrino in Spain and Biblos Alpha in the Ukraine. When we receive requests from Developing World countries to publish in other languages. We intend, as the Lord supplies, to translate and publish the best theological material we can for the benefit of our Christian brothers and sisters, who desperately need to grow in their Christian faith. One additional off-shoot for this translating work is that many languages are to be found among the immigrants of the UK. We distribute suitable material to this potential missionary field while the opportunity exists (See Cranford BC ).