Training Evangelistic Leadership

"Go quickly and tell...that He is risen from the dead!"
— Matthew 28:7


Motivated by Christ’s Great Commission to preach the gospel to every creature, Training Evangelistic Leadership’s primary objective is to recruit, train, and send forth local Gospel teams that reap public decisions for Christ with personalized follow-up. In countries where public preaching is possible, teams are sent forth to publicly proclaim the gospel. In others, personal evangelism is emphasized. Emphasis is always placed on shepherding those who make decisions for Christ into local churches.

TEL teams operate with three primary ministry distinctives:

  1. SERVING the national culture and local society by leaving the fruit of our evangelism and follow-up within the local churches.
  2. BLENDING missionaries and nationals together with equal status and opportunities into a mutually uplifting relationship.
  3. CONTINUING our missionaries on a lifelong basis by their bonding with the language and culture and continuing to develop a living fellowship with Jesus Christ.

TEL labors to train Asian evangelists for the harvest in a home environment. We apply Mark 3:14 by inviting Asians to live “with us” in full-time training programs of several months duration, where they are quipped both in the classroom and on the job for effective evangelistic ministry. Graduates of TEL training programs serve in churches, mission agencies, and as TEL staff. TEL also helps equip church leaders in effective evangelism and disciplemaking through training seminars.

In addition to team evangelistic ministry, all TEL missionaries and national workers labor to multiply their witness through personal disciplemaking.


  • China

    The world's most populous country with over 1.3 billion people, China also has one of the world's most rapidly growing Christian populations. Due to the spiritual vacuum that was left by the ideological upheaval of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960-70's, Chinese are seeking for truth to fill the void. They are responding eagerly to the peace that the gospel provides while economic advancement competes for their hearts.

  • Hong Kong

    The Pearl of the Orient, this former British colony still enjoys the freedoms granted by the British Empire. At the 1997 handover, the Chinese government promised not to change anything for at least 50 years. So there remains total freedom to do any kind of ministry on the streets as well as in church-run schools. An incredibly busy and developed city of more than 6 million souls, it desperately needs to hear that success is measured not in terms of earthly wealth, but by the depth of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Vietnam

    The Vietnamese people have suffered much through the years of conflict that they have endured. They have come out a resilient people. Many are looking to the hope of economic improvement that urban living provides while there is still much rural poverty. Vietnamese are friendly with foreigners and eager to learn English. Although the majority of the population is Buddhist, many are open to learning about the gospel.

  • Indonesia

    Indonesia is the world's 4th most-populous nation. It also has the largest population of Muslims in the world but many of them are animistic in their beliefs. Although the percentage of evangelical Christians in the country is still less than 10%, there has been consistent growth over the past few decades especially among the rural poor.

  • United States

    Despite its long history of Christian belief, the United States is turning away from its foundation. Christianity continues to move toward nominalism and there is interest in alternate forms of spirituality with some based on Eastern religion. The US population is also becoming multiethnic. Young people continue to be the most open to the gospel while there is also openness among people of Asian and Hispanic ethnicity who study or work in the States.


Training Evangelistic Leadership (TEL) was launched in Singapore in 1970 by Rev. Roy Robertson, who recognized the need to develop more full-time Asian evangelists. He invited six men from five Asian countries to live in his home for a year to receive on-the-job training in evangelistic ministry. The vision of TEL continued to expand as Roy and his wife Phyllis conducted similar training programs through homes in Japan, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines.

Initially formed by Roy as a project of The Navigators, TEL is now an independent mission agency that operates out of Denton, TX. TEL consists of roughly half international missionaries and half national workers operating in multiple Asian countries and in the United States.

TEL continues to labor in South and Southeast Asia with a vision to preach the gospel to every creature through direct proclamation and through training others who also desire to labor in this vision.

For information about serving with TEL, please contact us.


We would be glad to answer any questions that you may have about Training Evangelistic Leadership. You can reach us by email, phone, or mail as follows:

General Questions

Phone: (512) 256-1499

Financial Questions

Phone: (512) 256-1499


Training Evangelistic Leadership
PO Drawer E
Denton, TX 76202-1650

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Support TEL

Training Evangelistic Leadership, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part.

TEL missionaries are supported by faith through the gifts of churches and Christian friends. Each missionary or couple is responsible to raise their own support. Missionaries also raise support for national workers who labor with us. TEL missionaries try to live as conservatively as possible in order to minimize expenses so as to help advance the gospel through your gifts.

As an organization, TEL also has expenses. There are the day-to-day expenses of running the organization, support for national evangelists and other special expenses. TEL has three main sources of income: materials sales, an administrative fee charged to each missionary, and gifts from faithful donors. Gifts designated “Where Needed Most” are always welcome.

If you have any questions related to supporting TEL, how to set up a monthly draft, or where gifts are most needed, please call Sean Collins at (512) 256-1499.

Automatic Withdrawals

It is also possible to have a monthly draft made through your checking account via ACH if this is more convenient for you. You can download, complete and mail the ACH authorization form back to the address above to set it up. Please also include a note indicating to which country (national staff team) or missionary you would like your gift credited.

Online With PayPal

You can also donate securely through PayPal, even without a PayPal account. It's safe and your information will remain confidential. You will need to include an address where we can send your tax deductible receipt. Use the forms below to send a one-time gift to the missionary or country (TEL national evangelists) of your choice; otherwise, your gift will be applied “Where Needed Most”. You can specify the amount of your gift and confirm all details once you click “Donate”.
Note: Automatic donations do require a PayPal account.

Automatic Giving

One-Time Gift

By Check

If you would like to contribute financially either to support a missionary or the national workers in a particular country, please send a check with the designation of the missionary or the country whose national workers you would like to support to the following address:

Training Evangelistic Leadership
PO Drawer E
Denton, TX 76202-1650

We greatly appreciate your assistance in reaching Asians for Christ through your prayers and financial support!