TEL's direction and focus is set by our international director, with full support of our board of directors and a high degree of input from field leaders.
Carrie Barton, Assistant to Financial Manager
Don McWhinney, Chairman
Dr. Noel Funderburk
Rev. Mark Lewis
Lee Allison, Secretary/Treasurer
Motivated by Christ’s Great Commission to preach the gospel to every creature, Training Evangelistic Leadership’s primary objective is to recruit, train, and send forth local Gospel teams that reap public decisions for Christ with personalized follow-up. In countries where public preaching is possible, teams are sent forth to publicly proclaim the gospel. In others, personal evangelism is emphasized. Emphasis is always placed on shepherding those who make decisions for Christ into local churches.
TEL teams operate with three primary ministry distinctives:
TEL labors to train Asian evangelists for the harvest in a home environment. We apply Mark 3:14 by inviting Asians to live “with us” in full-time training programs of several months duration, where they are quipped both in the classroom and on the job for effective evangelistic ministry. Graduates of TEL training programs serve in churches, mission agencies, and as TEL staff. TEL also helps equip church leaders in effective evangelism and disciplemaking through training seminars.
In addition to team evangelistic ministry, all TEL missionaries and national workers labor to multiply their witness through personal disciplemaking.
» Philippines Opportunities 2014
[Philippines: Feb 8, 2014]
Are you interested in a ministry trip to the Philippines? We have lots of opportunities to experience our ministry coming up in the next few months. Individuals are easy to incorporate into whatever is happening. Teams too are welcome! more »
» Fruitful Philippines
[Philippines: Feb 7, 2014]
Our Philippines teams are rejoicing over the multiplication they are seeing among their many disciples. They are seeing disciples multiply through several means: through one-on-one and small groups, evangelism training, and training other ministries in skills and vision. more »
» Five Souls in Six Tries
[China: Feb 5, 2014]
There are some who say openness to the Gospel is waning in China. Any maybe that's true. Maybe the great door of opportunity is beginning to close. Maybe in some places or among some social groups. But not everywhere in China. One of our colaborers has had the chance to share the Gospel six times in two months with just two to five people at a time, and seen five people receive Christ's gift of salvation. more »
» Pray that the local water company will delay their upgrading of water mains which would demolish our Manila training center for at least four years [Philippines: Oct 20, 2010]
» Lasting fruit from campus evangelism in both Shanghai and Guangzhou [China: Sep 10, 2008]
» We periodically receive requests for training from other Southeast Asian countries, but lack the laborers to respond. Pray with us for new missionaries to train and send to our existing fields or to these new fields. [United States: Nov 21, 2011]
Training Evangelistic Leadership (TEL) was launched in Singapore in 1970 by Rev. Roy Robertson out a recognized need to develop more full-time Asian evangelists. He invited six men from five Asian countries to live in his home for a year to receive on-the-job training in evangelistic ministry. The vision of TEL continued to expand as Roy and his wife Phyllis conducted similar training programs through homes in Japan, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines.
TEL was initially formed by Roy as a project of The Navigators but has since become an independent mission agency that operates with an international board of directors in Denton, TX. Roy, who founded and continues to serve as International Director of TEL, sailed to China in 1948 having been appointed The Navigators’ first missionary by the organization’s founder Dawson Trotman. Roy labored in the ministry of evangelism and disciplemaking through The Navigators in many Asian countries until his retirement in 1986. Upon his retirement, Roy renewed his commitment to continue the ministry of evangelism and training in Asia full-time through TEL. The resultant fruit of that commitment, TEL is now a mission agency which is blend of about half international missionaries and half national workers operating in 6 Asian countries and in the United States.
TEL continues to labor in South and Southeast Asia with a vision to preach the gospel to every creature through direct proclamation and through training others who also desire to labor in this vision. The harvest is still ripe in Asia and TEL is trusting God for full-time missionaries whom God has called to help complete the work of evangelism in Asia through serving in gospel teams and training others to do the same.
For information about serving with TEL, please see our Service Opportunities.
TEL's ministry is to help equip God's people for effective ministry to others through evangelism and discipleship. Toward that end, we offer several types of materials for purchase and some of our overseas materials for direct download. Thanks to Discipleship Library (External Link), we are also pleased to make available many of Roy Robertson's messages from his 50+ years of missionary service.
May the Lord be glorified, His Gospel proclaimed and His Kingdom advanced through the use of all these resources.