PNG - Church and Leadership Development
The church in Papua New Guinea has grown significantly since the time that cross-cultural missionaries, Frank Beale and Harold Finger, established a mission station at Tung in the East Sepik region in the late 1950s. Today, there are over 6,000 Christians and 200 churches scattered along the Ramu, Keram, Sepik, Sogeram and Ywat Rivers in the Schrader Ranges and the land between. Many of these churches are located in the most remote settings of PNG and are difficult to access. Travel is by canoe or foot; communication is by radio (when they work!). When there is a regional renewal or teaching program, hundreds and hundreds of people come – sometimes walking for several days!
ICP focuses on empowering the MECOC (Melanesian Evangelical Churches of Christ) leadership and working with them on strategies to grow their own capacities in leadership. There are also ICP projects helping people to read the Bible in their own language, training church treasurers, women’s ministry training and training leaders for children’s ministry.