Bill Kruger, AGUSM Intercultural Missionary Associate and Pastor James Bollinger recently partnered together to start a new Global University Center for Native Leadership Development (CNLD) study group in James' church - Native Assembly in Omaha, NE. This CNLD will open on October 5, and will be the first CNLD in the Omaha, Nebraska area.
Bill states, “There are 18 separate treaties between American Indian tribes and the U.S. government for land in Nebraska. These treaties were negotiated between 1825 and 1892. By the 1850s the Pawnee, Omaha, Oto-Missouri, Ponca, Lakota, and Cheyenne were the main Great Plains tribes living in the Nebraska Territory. Two reservations, the Winnebago and Omaha reservations, are just north of the city of Omaha. Efforts have been made in evangelism outreach to reservations, establishing churches and helping them connect with Christ. But often, because of short term pastoring, or pastors who not adequately trained, the Indian Tribal ideas of worship and spirits has become mixed with Bible doctrine. Consequently, the need for trained teachers, leaders and ministers is of prime importance.”
CNLDs exist to train and strengthen Native Americans as they work to become church leaders, and to encourage others to complete the training necessary to receive ministerial credentials. This training is easily accessible when made available through local churches and reservations.
To learn more about CNLDs, please contact Global University’s Director of Ethnic Ministries, Michael Johnson.