Partnering to train, retain, and mentor workers for cross-cultural ministry, with an eye on the Global South

The Challenge More than 65% of the world is closed to traditional missions and missionaries today are struggling to effectively engage a rapidly changing world.
About Us
Life Development International serves churches and individuals who want to be more effective in their commitment to the Great Commission. LDI provides training through the use of the official LDI curricula and have alumni from North America, Africa, and Asia. LDI is registered US Non Profit 501 C(3) organization.

What We Do
Life Development International provides training in missions leadership and church planting. The training is provided primarily in SE Asia. We provide training for new and veteran missionaries and assist in missions philosophy formation and execution while on the field. LDI is designed to sharpen ministry skills and has plenty of content for both new and veteran missionaries alike.
Who We Are
Our team is multi-cultural with personal experience in a variety of cross-cultural contexts. More than theory – the teaching team has personal stories to back-up concepts taught in class. This helps you, the participant, to move the academic concepts into practical truths.

While non-denominational in organization, the LDI curricula is influenced by a historically Baptist tradition. At LDI we believe the Bible is the basis for the work of the Great Commission. Accordingly, the material taught reflects this theological perspective. Our team has trained hundreds of pastors, church workers, lay people, and missionaries and is 100% backed-up by a supportive board of directors.
Envisioning
LDI mentors those who shape the ideas of missions with a multi-cultural viewpoint and a core framework for carrying out life and ministry in cross-cultural environments.
Training LDI provides cross-culture ministry training with a alumni base from more than a dozen countries. The ministry places an emphasis on cross-cultural, indigenous church planting movements using the New Testament for developing a firm foundation. Training is done in Asia, on-field, with the opportunity to live cross-culturally while going through an intensive ministry training program.

The intensive program benefits the participant by presenting an initial framework for the course participant to model, nourishes the believer in their faith-walk and coaches the participant through the strategic planning process of their respective calling.
Networking
To help those called to Asia to more easily enter the harvest field, LDI has established an outreach program that allows alumni and network partners to collaboratively reach out to Urban Asia.
Our Foundation The Bible lays out both a mandate to reach the world and a pattern for establishing local churches with growing believers. Matthew 28:19-20 is still our mandate and we hold to the assurance and authority with which it was delivered. The Vision Life Development International is passionate about training believers to be effective in cross-cultural church planting. Our vision is that this generation of believers going abroad be competent, relevant and faithful.
What We Believe
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe that "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth".

We believe that mankind was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell, in consequence of which all his descendents are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature. We believe by "grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works". We believe that "to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness"

God created and loves each gender equally and in wisdom has provided different roles, which are provided in Holy Scripture. We believe the Bible teaches that God created the institution of the family and that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. We believe the unmarried are to be abstinent and chaste and that marriage is to be lifelong, monogamous and sacred.

We believe all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and that the Old Testament and New Testament are best understood historically, contextually, literally, and grammatically. We believe all Christians are called to a life of personal holiness and that the writings in the New Testament provide a model of proper conduct.

We believe in the Great Commission; to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth. Amen.