About Judea Group
The motto of Judea Harvest is to mobilise, equip and to provide resources for God’s labourers to complete the Great Commission in Africa.
Millions of people have been reached with the Gospel and close to 10,000 new churches have been planted across Africa since the birth of the ministry in 1999. Judea Harvest has been managing various ministry and development projects very successfully in 20 African countries with incredible results.
Judea Harvest Head Quarters is situated in Pretoria, South Africa. The current President of the group, Dr Louis Blom, is also one of the founders.
The Judea Harvest Group consists of three organisations:
Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population. Africa’s average population is the youngest amongst all the continents. The median age in 2012 was 19.7 when the worldwide median age was 30.4. Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and some 1500 languages. Islam is the dominant religion in Africa and Christianity is second. About 38% of all Christians are projected to be living in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050. (49 Amazing Facts about Africa. www.whatarethe7continents.com).
However, reports were given of astonishing growth in numbers of Christian churches in Africa. This growth has occurred so rapidly that formal training institutions like seminaries and universities will never be able to train enough pastors to deliver proper teachings in these churches. Furthermore, traditional training strategies are struggling to stay afloat in this time and age because of high operational costs. Training institutions are therefore required to offer potential students an affordable, cost-effective and practical solution to assist them with their training. Studies have also shown that there are at least one million preachers in pulpits every Sunday who have never had any theological training whatsoever. In many African countries, churches have an average of the only one trained pastor for every 20 churches (Buys, Theological Training for Untrained pastors. www.christianlibrary.org.au).
Judea Training, however, takes training to the pastors. This is part of a discipleship process. For the untrained pastor, this means learning to rightly interpret the Bible. Although many pastors preach and teach they still don’t know their Bible. To address this challenge Judea Training have trained more than 22,000 spiritual leaders with practical Christian courses since 2013. These leaders have completed more than 55,000 Christian one-day courses. However, the need to train many more pastors is overwhelming.
Judea Training is fully aware that the challenge with Christianity in Africa is a vast and complexed one. The rapid growth of Christianity during the past 100 years has been nothing less than a miracle. This miracle, however, also presents various challenges of which the largest is the lack of trained and skilled leaders. This miracle has also led to a Christianity that lacks depth in discipleship and mentorship. One of the challenges that Judea Training aims to address is the quality of Christianity. Missiologists widely agree that there is a general lack of life-changing and discipleship training in African Churches.
This problem is escalated by social and spiritual realities within the African Traditional Religions. Many of the animistic beliefs of African people makes it possible for someone to accept Christ as his Lord and Saviour. This is much-needed and welcomed. However, the new believer is hindered by his animistic beliefs to leave behind many of the unholy practices of his/her culture to pursue a discipleship life of following Christ. In addition, economic realities of poverty, unemployment, crime and corruption are more of the challenges that pastors have to deal with. The quality of Christianity is at stake in Africa and can only be improved by training and mentoring this current generation of leaders so that they, in turn, can train and disciple their Church members.
Judea Training is prepared and excited to take on this training challenge.
Judea Training believes that one can impact and change the quality of Christianity in Africa by training the untrained Pastor. Furthermore, we are convinced that a healthy church can become a growing church reaching more people for Christ.