BEE World's Mission

To help the Church fulfill the Great Commission
by providing biblical training that results in the multiplication of leading servants,
with priority given to countries with limited access to training.

A Message from Dave Semmelbeck

BEE World President

Come, join us in the mission to “teach faithful people who will teach others”. 2 Timothy 2:2

We would love the opportunity to share our heart for ministry and how the Lord is working through BEE World. We would also truly appreciate hearing your story and how God has been shaping you to serve His church.

Is the Lord stirring your heart for cross-cultural missions?

My heart was stirred to leave my much-loved role as a pastor in the U.S. to join BEE World over a decade ago. In this ministry, I saw a mission and vision determined to come alongside the global church to help her fulfill the Great Commission. On the ministry field, I have been blessed to serve with incredible men and women who have changed their loyalty from a religion to the person of Jesus Christ at great personal sacrifice. These men and women are the ones who have sacrificially stepped forward to shepherd and feed others for the Kingdom of God—and yet they do not have access to the tools and equipping they need to teach truth and live out Jesus’ model of servant leadership.

Would you join us in the mission of equipping them?


It all began in 1979 when a few men had a vision for supporting the church behind the Iron Curtain. Knowing the church was struggling, they connected 12 Christian mission organizations to consider how to support the church at risk. In a great collaboration, they developed a comprehensive biblical training program for those beleaguered pastors. That partnership became known as Biblical Education by Extension (BEE) and allowed them to leverage limited resources to meet this great need. The new curriculum was purposefully written to be effective across denominational and cultural boundaries.

Additionally, the curriculum was packaged and delivered in a mentorship/discipleship model­––called Facilitation––that allowed the pastors and church leaders to replicate the training with their fellow countrymen. Using the 2 Timothy 2:2 biblical directive of “training faithful men who will train others,” students who received training were encouraged to start their 2nd generation groups. This dynamic is known as Multiplication, a strategy to address the overwhelming need to deliver biblical training to pastors who did not have access to traditional means.

Once the material was translated into the language of the country, the potential for training became limitless. Though the training began with pastors and church leaders, eventually pastor’s wives––often called on to teach other women and children––also wanted to receive training, and a Women’s Ministry was born.

When the Iron Curtain fell, God opened the door for the ministry to expand into East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. This model has proven effective for over 40 years, on 4 continents, in over 34 countries––and hundreds of thousands of students have been trained. Praise God!

What We Believe

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