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ISBN: 9781839730658
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 16
Publication Date: 28/02/2021
Pages: 302
Series: ICETE Series
Language: English

TEE in Asia

Empowering Churches, Equipping Disciples


The church in Asia is growing with unprecedented speed, raising new challenges in the realm of effective, contextualized discipleship. Can this growing church nurture biblical training that is relevant to the contexts, communities, and livelihoods of its believers?

In this immensely relevant book, the Increase Association shares its practical wisdom on how to utilize Theological Education by Extension as “Tools to Equip and Empower” all believers for kingdom work. TEE in Asia provides a foundational understanding of TEE’s history, theological underpinnings, and methodology, while casting a vision for the expanding role of TEE in the twenty-first century. Filled with testimonies from church communities throughout Asia, this book provides concrete examples of TEE’s effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts and the innovative work of the Increase Association which connects, strengthens, and represents the national TEE movements. It invites the reader to partner with God’s work through prayer and tangible action.

Author Bios

Hanna-Ruth van Wingerden
(Edited By)

Hanna-Ruth van Wingerden is Communications Coordinator for the Increase Association. She served in Central Asia for four years with the GZB, a Dutch mission organization, and has been involved in English language education since 2010. She has a master’s degree in history from Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Tim Green
(Edited By)

Tim Green grew up in the UK. After graduating in natural sciences from Cambridge University he worked in the textile industry, and then with his spouse, Rachel, trained at All Nations Christian College (England) before arriving in Pakistan in 1988 to serve in the national TEE organization, the Open Theological Seminary. After fifteen years, his TEE experience continued in Jordan, then part-time with Increase from 2008 and helping support the new TEE work in Central Asia. He moved to Malaysia in 2014 and was General Secretary of the Increase Association from 2015 to 2021. He is a trustee of SEAN International which published his TEE courses Abundant Light and Feed My Lambs. Tim’s other published courses include Friendship First, Joining the Family and Come Follow Me as well as parts of TEE in Asia and other writings on TEE. In his capacity as an Increase Equipper, he also trains TEE course writers. Tim holds a Diploma in Religious Studies from Cambridge University, a master’s in Islamic Societies and Cultures, and a PhD on issues of identity for former Muslims following Jesus (both degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). He is currently Director of Word of Life which helps the worldwide church to welcome, disciple, and learn from Christ’s followers of Muslim background. He has three children and three grandchildren.

Graham Aylett
(Edited By)

Graham Aylett became General Secretary of the Increase Association in March2021. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, specialising inBotany, and earned his PhD for research in high altitude rain forests in Jamaica.He then trained as an Anglican minister and met his wife, Nicola, at theologicalcollege in Durham. They served with churches in three very different parts ofEngland, before doing further studies at All Nations Christian College. In 1998they moved to Mongolia, with their two small children, as Mission Partnerswith Interserve. Graham served with the Mongolian national TEE programmefor fourteen years. He joined the Increase Committee in 2010, and in 2014he and Nicola moved to Malaysia to work alongside Tim and Rachel Greenin setting up an Increase support base there. Since returning to England in2016, Graham has continued to serve with Increase as an Increase Equipperand as part of the Executive Team, becoming General Secretary in 2021. Heis Vice-Chair of the Trustees of SEAN International, and a member of theAsia Theological Association’s Commission on Accreditation and EducationalDevelopment. His publications include parts of TEE in Asia and other writingson TEE, specialising in interactive ways to equip leaders of local TEE groups.He continues to enjoy plants, especially growing cacti from seed!


TEE exemplifies a model of theological education that is intentionally missional in its purpose and design. Thus it truly equips disciples and empowers churches to serve God’s mission in the world. This book not only explains the TEE philosophy and methodology but also demonstrates the impact of TEE training on learners, their churches, and their communities through the testimonies it contains. What an encouragement it is to read stories of the rapid growth of churches, especially in the difficult places, through TEE groups. TEE is definitely a gift to us in Asia!

Theresa Roco-Lua, EdD
General Secretary, Asia Theological Association

We live in exciting times, with unprecedented growth of the church across Asia. The need for quality leadership calls for approaches that not only provide solid biblical training but also holistic development. TEE in Asia: Empowering Churches, Equipping Disciples presents us with both theological and theoretical foundations for quality, church-based training with practical examples and stories that bring to life what God is doing in the region through the ministry of TEE. A must read for anyone serious about furthering a strong and growing church in Asia and beyond.

Perry Shaw, EdD
Former Professor of Education,
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon
Author of Transforming Theological Education

I wholeheartedly endorse this much-needed book. It is easy to read, accurate, and has a useful reference bibliography. The book gives a basic but comprehensive understanding of how TEE works. But more importantly, it shares the thrilling results through personal testimonies of how the lives of thousands of individuals and churches have been transformed and empowered by studying and living God’s word through TEE. My hope and prayer is that this book will inspire many more churches to consider and use Tools to Equip and Empower in their ministries.

Rev Terrick J. Barratt
International Director, Study by Extension for All Nations (SEAN)

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface: About Increase
  3. To the Reader
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Abbreviations
  6. Part A: Explaining TEE
    1. God’s Mission and Ours
    2. Intentional Discipleship
    3. Equipping Disciples and Leaders through TEE
      1. What Excites Us about TEE
    4. Intelligent TEE Course Design
    5. The Worldwide Spread of TEE
      1. What Is the Increase Association?
  7. Part B: TEE In and Around Asia
    1. TEE in Asia Today
    2. First-Generation Christians
    3. Thailand: Growing Together in Christ
    4. Bangladesh: Life Building Course
    5. Mongolia: A New Identity in Christ
      1. Zaya’s Story (with Penelope Vinden)
    6. Central Asia 1: The Parched Land Will Be Glad
    7. Central Asia 2: Investing in Young Believers
      1. Adil’s Story (with ML Low)
    8. Discipling the Diaspora
    9. Central Asia 3: Migrant Mission
    10. Hmong: Scattered in Diaspora
    11. Malaysia: One Nation, Many Languages
    12. Diaspora: Discipling the Nations
    13. Christians under Pressure
    14. Nepal: Moving Mountains
      1. Binaya’s Story (with Penelope Vinden)
    15. Vietnam: God Can Work in Any Circumstance
    16. Indonesia: Shine Your Light
    17. Pakistan: Thriving under Pressure
      1. Rahila’s Story (with Penelope Vinden)
    18. Building Stronger Churches
    19. Philippines: Inspiring and Supporting Believers
    20. Papua New Guinea: Contextualized Training for Church Leaders
    21. India: Training Believers of All Levels
    22. China: Equipping Leaders to Train More Leaders
    23. Arab World: Developing Leaders for Church Growth
    24. Channels of Transformation
    25. Cambodia: Holistic Mission
      1. Jack’s Story (with ML Low)
    26. Russia: Hope in the Midst of Challenges
    27. South Korea: Transformation Through Discipleship
  8. Part C: Innovation in TEE
    1. Exploring New Horizons: The Increase Association
    2. Equipping and Supporting TEE Group Leaders
      1. Training Group Leaders Effectively
    3. Creating Twenty-First Century TEE Courses
    4. Exploring Digital Opportunities
    5. Integrated Learning Pathways
    6. Partnership with Residential Institutions
    7. Expanding the Reach of Diaspora TEE
      1. Increase Conference Diaspora Statement
    8. TEE: Looking to the Future
      1. Suggested Next Steps for You
  9. Bibliography
  10. TEE for the Twenty-First Century – A List of Recent Works
  11. The Editors and Authors


David Ball

David Ball is Director of the Group-based Open Learning Discipleship (GOLD) Project. He also works part-time for SEAN International where he links with church-based training organizations across Asia. Born in Kenya, David studied Biblical Studies at Sheffield University where he met his spouse, Angie. His PhD in New Testament was specifically on the “I am” sayings in John’s gospel. Since 1994, he has been involved in training Christians in their context of ministry. He and Angie spent fifteen years in India working with The Association For Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE) as Crosslinks mission partners before returning to the UK. David is an Increase Equipper and chair of Increase’s Task Group for the diaspora; he has written in this area and was co-creator of an online resource to equip TEE local group leaders. He and Angie are actively involved in their local church in Bristol. David believes that the strength of the church’s life and witness depends on the equipping of all God’s people for mission and ministry in the world. A motorcycle enthusiast since he was 16, David is also actively involved in the Christian Motorcyclists’ Association.

Claire Boxall

Penny Vinden

M. L. Low

Bob Teoh

David Burke

David Burke is a research fellow and adjunct lecturer at Christ College Sydney, Australia, an associate missionary with Australian Presbyterian World Mission, and a member of the Increase Association. His research and ministry are focussed on ministry training at global margins.

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