Making Disciples in the Mission Field

Dr. David Sills

We need to be reaching people like they are not where we want them to be one day.

M. David Sills is Professor of Missions and Cultural Anthropology at Southern Seminary and Head of the International Ministry Reaching and Teaching

Sills joined Southern Seminary after serving with the International Mission Board in Ecuador as as church planter and general evangelist among the Highland Quichua people in the Andes, and as a seminary professor at the Ecuadorian Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as rector and professor of the Baptist seminary as a missionary with Global Outreach International. He is the author of The Missionary Call and Reaching and Teaching, co-author of Introduction to Global Missions, and two books on the Highland Quichua indigenous people published in Spanish by Editoral Abya Yala, Quichuas de la Sierra: Descubriendo un modelo de adiestramiento pastoral culturalmente apropiado and Capacitación Pastoral en la Cultura Quichua. He currently serves as a trustee of the International Mission Board and is a member of the Evangelical Missiological Society, the American Society of Missiology, and the Association of Professors of Mission.




Sills talks about his ministry Reaching and Teaching and why it is critical in training and equipping pastors and leaders all over the world who have no access to materials or theological training.

Reaching and Teaching is Sills ministry that trains leaders and pastors in essential Christian knowledge who, otherwise, would have no training. It’s a 9 week delivery where his team comes in one week at a time for every three or four months to equip pastors with much-needed knowledge, such as the whole theological encyclopedia of the Old and New Testament, Christian doctrine, and heart knowledge of spiritual formation and disciple-making. In 2014, they began having people become career missionaries going out all over the world to fulfill the great commission.

85% of church leaders in the world have no theological education and no access to it.

In the U.S. we have a trained Christian worker for every 235 people; outside of the U.S., that drops to one for every 450,000 people.

60-70% of the world (including the U.S.) cannot read. Most people do no learn new material from reading, yet over 90% of evangelism devices have been devised for readers when we have so many oral learners.

We need to be reaching people like they are not where we want them to be one day.