Training Evangelistic Leadership

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Service Opportunities

TEL desires to recruit a new generation of missionaries to work in gospel teams alongside national evangelists in the great harvest fields of Asia. Jesus’ declaration recorded in Matthew 9:37-38 that “the harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” is equally true today.

TEL needs missionaries both with ministry and administrative skills who are willing to be trained on the field to work in gospel team ministry. We primarily seek to place career missionaries who will commit to a lifetime of service in Asia so as to adequately blend with the culture in order to maximize their contribution to the harvest. We welcome candidates in any stage of life--from high-school grad to retiree, from singles to families--regardless of ministry experience.

We also recognize that the Lord often confirms His will for long-term service through short-term experiences. Short-term opportunities can be customized to meet your interest, from a few weeks to two years.

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Requirements for Short- and Long-Term Missionaries

  • Be born again
  • Have a consistent devotional life
  • Love for God and the Lost in Asia
  • Heart for evangelism
  • Commitment to follow-up those who make decisions for Christ
  • Commitment to being a Disciple and Discipling those hungry for God
  • Self-starter
  • Great flexibility in all areas of life
  • Heart to work on a Team, as a Servant
  • Persistence and endurance
  • Good physical health
  • No Bible school necessary--all training provided

Current Opportunities with TEL


Term: Short-Term -- Six-month minimum commitment
Seeking: Single man or woman, couple or retiree(s)
Area of Service: Shanghai university district
Assignment: Language study, evangelize and disciple Chinese
Budget: $800 (single) or $1,400 (couple) monthly
Details: Learn Chinese and share the Gospel with local Chinese in concert with our national staff

Term: Short-Term -- Two weeks Summer of 2017
Seeking: Single man or woman, couple or retiree(s)
Area of Service: East China
Assignment: Learn to share the Gospel and follow-up new believers.
Budget: $500, plus airfare, passport and visa
Details: Get a taste of TEL's open style of evangelism in this spiritually hungry country. Think of this trip as AIM Train in Asia: We'll train you in Evangelism and Follow-up, and turn you loose to share Christ with English-speaking Chinese! You'll probably get to lead one to the Lord. Sign-up Deadline: May 1, 2017.


Term: Short-Term -- 2-6 weeks
Seeking: Single man
Area of Service: Batangas and/or Lipa City
Assignment: Join our evangelistic team in soul-winning for 2-6 weeks
Budget: $100/week (plus airfare, approximately $1,700)
Details: Learn one-on-one evangelism, participate in Gospel meetings, take part in Initial Follow-up. Get a Full Immersion experience: Live together with our missionary or national staff

Term: Long-Term -- One year or longer
Seeking: Teachers and support staff
Area of Service: Faith Academy in Manila or Davao, Mindinao
Assignment: Teach or help run Faith Academy, a school for Missionary Kids in the Philippines
Budget: $1,700/month and up
Details: Faith Academy is continuously needing new teachers and support staff for all grade levels. Staff raise their own support in order to keep tuition costs affordable for missionary families. For more details, see their current needs or website.


Term: Long-Term -- One-year minimum commitment
Seeking: Two single women, age 18-30
Area of Service: Dalat, Vietnam
Assignment: Teach English to kindergarteners and adults
Budget: $200/month salary; raise $400/month support
Details: TESL/TEFL certificate helpful; teach English to children aged 5 and up, also to adults. Salary will increase in accord with student enrollment.

If you would like to learn more about how you might serve with TEL, please contact us. We look forward to answering your questions as you seek God’s will for a lifetime of ministry.

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Our Vision

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:

  1. SERVING the national culture and local society by leaving the fruit of our evangelism and follow-up within the local churches.
  2. BLENDING missionaries and nationals together with equal status and opportunities into a mutually uplifting relationship.
  3. CONTINUING our missionaries on a lifelong basis by their bonding with the language and culture and continuing to develop a living fellowship with Jesus Christ.

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.

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» 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 »

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» Power, wisdom, faith and love for self-denying, Jesus-exalting, soul-saving, gospel-preaching ministry among the lost. We are merely earthen vessels in whom the Spirit of Christ dwells and continues His ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). [United States: Jan 3, 2013]

» Open doors for the Director of Development to share about TEL in new places [United States: Sep 15, 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]

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Our Origins

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.

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TEL Resources

TEL Resources

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.

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