Greetings in the name of the Lord,
Last week, I received an email from Dr. Emmanuel Bellon, the vice-chancellor of Nairobi International School of Theology/ International Leadership University (NIST/ILU), in Kenya. In it he told the story of a graduate of that seminary. I would like to share the story highlights with you.
Nick Korir, an alumnus of NIST/ILU, is one of the few that have taken up the challenge of transforming this generation. With several years of experience as a youth pastor, Nick is no stranger to the youth movement in Kenya. Nick became a believer in 1995, while still a student at Kenyatta University in Nairobi and three years later, he received his call to full-time ministry.
“I was discipled while in the university by a Campus Crusade for Christ staff who also walked with me through my first steps in ministry. It was through his recommendation and encouragement that I came to NIST/ILU for further training in theology.”
Nick graduated from NIST/ILU with a Master of Arts degree in Leadership in 2003. This program laid an excellent foundation for him to raise up leaders among youth and also his leadership of Youth Pastors in Nairobi through the Nairobi Youth Pastors Network (NAYNET). Nick, one of the founders of NAYNET before entering the seminary, was able to continue his work with youth while attending school. Since his graduation from NIST/ILU, NAYNET, with its network of 250 youth pastors and workers, has become an advocacy tool at policy level for youth issues in Kenya. Nick was excited about coming to NIST/ILU as he was able to continue to do ministry as he studied. He was also attracted to the strong emphasis on hands-on practical ministry alongside theological studies.
“The skills I acquired at NIST/ILU, especially in the areas of discipleship and leadership helped me set up a solid leadership development program in our church. This program had an impact on the teenagers, college students and young professionals. It also enabled me to move NAYNET to the next level.”
Nick’s passion for youth ministry especially in the areas of discipleship, mentorship and leadership development is very evident in the growth of the youth ministry in the churches he has served. He is steadily raising a generation of adults who are committed to righteousness, responsibility and godly relationships.
As the church in Africa grows, so grows the need for educated and well-trained church leaders. As in the case of Nick, it is especially effective when the leadership training can take place within the context of their own culture, in their own language and in partnership with their ongoing ministries. Pray for Nick and others like him that have hearts for the people they serve and desire to be better equipped to do that service.