In bold clear strokes the Apostle Paul communicates our critical and urgent task: “We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:28-29).
The battle for theological health and maturity in Christ is hard-fought and requires careful training with clear, practical, and effective gospel- centered materials. Therefore, we are grateful as 2018 moves forward that we are making significant headway in this task! In particular, we have reason to…
We praise God for the nearing graduation of 20 pastoral leaders in southeastern Guatemala. Furthermore, we are excited to announce the beginning of a new initiative in respect to our theological training efforts. In February, we launched our new trainer training program that will allow us to better equip and train leaders who in turn will teach others. Our model is intentionally highly reproducible. Coupled with our ongoing work toward the completion of the Pastoral Training Manual, as well as our growing course resources, we are making good headway toward offering a well-rounded program.
Having such a resourceful program is a huge encouragement to our pastoral training team. As a guide and roadmap for our leaders, these keep them anchored to our mission and philosophy, which rightly flows out of our gospel-centered theology. Encouraging reports this month from Ramiro and Jhon are that these are well received and highly effective as we work toward the practical goal of maturing and training pastoral leaders. We praise God for this!
As with every thriving ministry, advances can outpace resources. Therefore, please pray for these four key items:
- The further completion of our training materials and training centers.
- The efficient scheduling of time and work for our team members.
- The equipping of new trainers for the advance of our ministry.
- The longevity of our trainers and training materials.
- Our reliance on the guidance and energy of the Holy Spirit.
It is widely noted that the center of global Christianity has shifted from the Global North to the Global South. The Global North – Europe and Northern America – contained over 80% of all Christians in 1910, falling to under 40% by 2010. Christians of the Global South – Latin America, Africa and Asia – now represent over 60% of all Christians, yet receive a pittance of funding and little in terms of theological education.
This reality serves to underscore the importance of our vital work in pastoral theological education. Our goal is to see pastoral leaders gain a richer understanding of the glorious gospel of Christ. For when the teaching and leadership of local churches is founded in and grounded on sound doctrine and theology, then local congregations are encouraged and disciples are made. In short, the Church advances!
Thank you for partnering with us and praying for us. Truly God is at work as “We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ…”