How it works
Transformation Centres have become the engine rooms for Empart’s ministry activities. This is where pastors are trained, equipped and sent out to all the unreached people groups where Empart operates and the Spirit of God calls.
Empart’s Transformation Centres welcome men and women who have discovered God’s love and promises for their life and who want to be trained to take part in the transformation of their communities. Most students have had an encounter with God and faced many challenges already – even strong opposition from their families and wider community.
Church leaders generally discern a call in a young person’s life before recommending them to come for the training required to fulfil the ministry God has for them. Each centre accommodates and trains around 25 students each year.
During their year of training, the students and their leader live as a family in community. They receive intensive bible teaching and share daily in their leader’s personal life, family and ministry. This method of training is highly effective in the spiritual, practical and emotional development of students. Specialists are also brought in from time to time.
When Empart buys a piece of land to build a Transformation Centre, it is generally expected to have enough space to cultivate the land, so that the centre can eventually become financially independent. We also try and purchase properties where other community development activities could be facilitated such as schools, mercy homes and children’s homes.
For several years now, Empart has been training women as well as men for this great ministry. Strongly oppressed by society at large, women are often downtrodden and overlooked. Empart however seeks to restore their God given identity and dignity as it empowers them to play their part in the transformation of communities.
In addition to biblical teaching, students are given the opportunity to gain experience in evangelism, preaching, worship, praying for the sick and many other aspects of Christian life. Various needs of the society in which they will minister are highlighted and skills taught for how to respond to these in a practical way.
During their training, students also learn how to listen to God in order to discern where they should plant churches. Empart requires them to be in a place where there are no existing churches, and often students return to a community they know, despite the persecution which often awaits. Many start a church within six months of completing their training.