In this month’s bulletin, we remember our friend and colleague, Mark Smith. On June 7th he was unexpectedly called away to the Lord’s presence. While we mourn his loss, and our hearts go out to his wife Sandra and their four children Rachelle, Naomi, Caleb, and Ashley, we celebrate the […]
Missionary Formation , Jay Dickerson For the past several years the LAC leadership team has felt the need to improve the missionary formation for new workers approved to serve in the region. There was concern over the experience and education that the new workers possessed before their approval and the […]
by Rod Boyd The ACLAME ministry began many years ago to help missionaries involved in teaching and training ministries. Several missionaries who we saw involved in such ministries told us that they were not educators. It is true that the title educator can be intimidating and many feel that they […]
The Harvest Demands Trained Workers, by David Ellis “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’.” (Matthew 9:37,38) As we begin a new year I am filled with excitement at what […]
LAC/OARS Mentoring by Don Cartledge, LAC mentoring coordinator & Jay Hostetler, director of Ministry Wave Coaching and Consulting for Ministry Leaders Long before the age of automobiles and superhighways, boats and rivers provided the main means of transportation. In choosing an analogy for the LAC mentoring program, rivers seem to […]
by A. Max Rivera, D. Min. The assumption about Latin America that claims everyone is born into the Roman Catholic Church is no longer valid. The last 60 years have found the religious landscape reshaped in that part of the world. José Luis Pérez, a prominent lay leader of the Roman Catholic Church […]
by David Godzwa Life lends itself to a certain routine. Nature has its seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. Communities come together at prescribed dates to celebrate, to worship, and to remember. Individuals search for balance and productivity through rituals and habits. When things function well, there’s benefit. For the […]
by Roberta Roberts Biblical Illiteracy In the June-July issue of Influence magazine, the sub-title of an article caught my attention, “Biblical illiteracy is epidemic. Are we reclaiming our responsibility to rightly divide the Word of God?” This reminded me of a recent conversation that I had with one of the […]
by Tara Kenyon As ministers, educators, and leaders, we frequently utilize the terms “mentoring” and “discipleship” somewhat interchangeably to describe the activity of sharing spiritual wisdom or information gleaned through study and experience. In secular contexts, mentoring describes the exchange of practical life information and situational wisdom. Mentoring may or […]
Thirty missionaries, representing 10 countries, gathered together at the Doubletree Airport Hotel in Orlando, Florida from May 10th through the 12th to celebrate the 2017 Association of Caribbean and Latin America Missionary Educators (ACLAME) Summit. This year’s theme was “Recalibrate” with the goal of reassessing the state of ministerial formation […]
By Dr. Jon M. Dahlager The New Testament portrait of Timothy provides a positive case study of a young man who enjoyed a rich spiritual heritage and early ministry opportunities, pursuing a sincere faith and fulfilling his God-given ministry in his generation. The apostle Paul played a key mentoring role […]
Renewing Community Values: An Immigrant Contribution to American Higher Education By Joseph L. Castleberry, President, Northwest University An Excerpt from The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America’s Faith and Values (Worthy, 2015) Ilona Trofimovich does not look like an immigrant. With her fair skin, blonde hair, and perfect, Northwest-accented English […]
by Paul Kazim Missionaries trained in US schools are generally Christian Modernists. It would be a mistake to assume that the national students we teach view life according to these tenets of modernism. This often produces frustration, both to the teacher and to the student. To understand the difference between […]
In our work facilitating and promoting Christian education and ministerial training we tend to emphasize academic instruction above and beyond all other elements involved in the process. The purpose of this little essay is to argue that academic instruction is but one of three vitally important factors that must be […]
by David Godzwa, ACLAME Chairperson We’re missionaries. That means we disciple; we model; we encourage, we persuade, and we counsel. As mentor, coach, teacher, or trainer, we expect the best from our students, ministry partners, and colleagues, but also from ourselves. To reach this objective, we’re aware that stagnation […]
by Steve Puffpaff Introduction: The amount of children at risk is multiplying around the world for many reasons. Extreme Poverty is the greatest cause of creating children at risk. Rapid urbanization in the 20th century has been accompanied by the development of slums. Children and adolescents make up […]
by Miguel Morales Latin America Caribbean (LAC) is home for over half of the more than 2,000 Assemblies of God Bible Schools and Seminaries worldwide. This is a reflection and a direct result of the emphasis placed on ministerial training in the region. Pioneer missionaries recognized the priority of […]
Conferences, when done well, provide inspiration, information and personal improvement. Within the past three weeks I have attended two conferences that exceeded expectations in all three areas. The first was the Educators Summit in the Dominican Republic, which provided for 260+ (mostly) Dominicans, and the last was the American […]
Maintaining Good Health By Rodney Boyd We just finished another itineration the end of June! Only a missionary understands all the clearances that we must achieve before we’re allowed to return to our country of calling. One of those clearances was being pronounced in “good health, able to serve […]
by David Godzwa, ACLAME Chairperson Forty-three missionaries, representing 12 countries participated in the 2015 ACLAME Summit, which took place May 19th-21st, at the GalleryOne Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. ACLAME (Association of Latin America and Caribbean Missionary Educators) exists to connect and encourage LAC missionaries as they disciple, teach, […]
by Stephen Wallace Technology. Whether you love or hate it, embrace it or simply tolerate it, we can all agree that technology has profoundly impacted our culture and society in ways never thought possible. Beyond the social impact in recent years, technology continues to expand into nearly ever area […]
by Larry McNeill, D. Min. LAC Leadership Development Which country of Latin America/Caribbean is celebrating 75 years of theological education this year? Due to circumstances beyond their control, for 35 consecutive years, they labored through untold hardships as they continued to train pastors without any help or influence of […]
Article submitted by: Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D. President, Northwest University AGWM Educator, 1988-2008 No issue plays a larger role in the accrediting of academic institutions and programs than assessment. Although schools employ many different approaches to assessment, all credible institutions take it very seriously, and no institution can ever hope […]
By Jim Mazurek Back in 1995, my wife Ester founded a children’s outreach clown ministry in Chile, known in Spanish as El Mundo del Amigo Invisible. Since then, the ministry has grown in many ways, developing music, television, hot lunches, remedial education, rescue from trafficking, and foster care programs. Today […]
by Rod Boyd Last month the two Assemblies of God international organizations of Spanish-speaking countries – CELAD (northern 14 countries) and CADSA (southern 6 countries) – merged into the newly formed Assemblies of God Hispanic Fellowship. Actually, the decision to unify CELAD and CADSA was made by the two organizations […]
by Jason & Roberta Roberts Technology has advanced so quickly in the last few decades that is overwhelming at times. Trying to keep computers running with the most current upgrades and keeping programs up-to-date as well seems like an endless battle; yet doing many daily activities like reading the Bible […]
By Steven H Puffpaff Introduction The story of King Jehoshaphat going to battle with the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites is intriguing (2 Chron. 20:1-29). Jehoshaphat faces a huge army, which came to remove the nation of Israel from its land. The invaders expected to settle in the land. They brought their […]
A Cause for Satisfaction by David Godzwa, Missionary to Mexico and ACLAME Chairperson I couldn’t help but smile as over 350 educators, missionaries and Mexicans alike, descended on Cancun for the “Cumbre Educativa 2013: Formación Ministerial Transgeneracional (Educational Summit 2013: Transgenerational Ministry Formation).” It took a coordinated international effort that […]
By Richard Nicholson, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NIV): 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against […]
Gilbert and Virginia Contreras are AGWM missionaries to Argentina. Their vision is to reach, equip, train and empower tomorrow´s church leaders to obey the Great Commission. They equip the future generation of Argentine pastors and thus mobilize the national church to take seriously the command of Jesus of making disciples […]
ACLAME and the Challenge of Majority World Missions by DeLonn Rance In 1968 David Kensinger, missionary to Costa Rica, challenged his North American colleagues arguing that to fully plant a New Testament church following the indigenous principles, the ultimate objective had to be to plant a national church which […]
By Rod Boyd, Coordinator for SEC (Servicio de Educación Cristiana) for Spanish-speaking Latin America and Director of the Resource and Advisory Center in Panama. I just finished teaching the ISUM two-week intensive course on Principles of Administration to a group of 28 pastors and ministry leaders in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Most of […]
Teachers spend many hours planning lessons for the classroom. They make outlines, note main points and construct their lectures to be sure they “tell” the students all the important information assuming that the students will diligently take notes and learn the material. To determine if the students learn the material the teachers plan well written examinations. So what? After the exam what then? What becomes of the learning? Will the students remember the material? Should the students remember the material? What was the purpose for teaching? Whoever thinks about after the class—what then?
If you are like me, you love a good book. Not only that, you probably enjoy recommending good books to others. Let me do just that for you today. Tim Elmore has written an excellent work called “Artificial Maturity”, a book dedicated to assisting educational leaders in understanding the challenges […]
AGWM Missionaries from the Latin America/ Caribbean region will be meeting together for the 2013 ACLAME Summit. The ACLAME Leadership Team invites you to attend! ACLAME, the Association of Caribbean and Latin American Missionary Educators, exists to connect and encourage LA/C missionaries as they disciple, teach, mentor and train others […]
Introduction Pastors’ Kids (PKs) are some of the most visible, talented, and criticized young people in the church. Specialized ministry for PKs can help them overcome some of the challenges of being raised in the church spotlight, but it must be built on an accurate understanding of how the young […]
I would like to challenge my colleagues in Christian Education to help me ponder the question: “What is a Theology of Childhood?” This is undoubtedly the question that continued baffling the minds of the apostles after Jesus placed a child in their midst to resolve a theological argument they were […]
A worldview is more than just seeing the world. It is the conceptual framework through which one views the world, no matter where the person who holds it has traveled or lived. When people do not have a coherent worldview, they compartmentalize their lives and separate their spiritual life from other elements of life. Even ministers of the Gospel can find themselves living one way at church and another way at home. A unified, coherent worldview ought to guide our thinking about all things.
In this month’s post, we are pleased to have guest contributor Virginia Contreras, missionary to Argentina, share an article she has written for the “Commission on Student Ministries”. Though longer than the usual posts on the ACLAME blog, we encourage you to take a few extra minutes to read this […]
“Live Dead”? What does that mean? Global Initiative? UPG? What does the Arab World and East Africa have to do with ACLAME, or with me, an LAC missionary educator? Why would I, a Bible School teacher and professor of ISUM, want to look up these internet sites and study about teams going out to pioneer missions among those that have never heard of Jesus? Does God still call some to renounce their lives and go, no matter what the cost? In other words, to “Live Dead”? What does LAC have to do with missionaries that are willing to die for Jesus in lands where the church does not exist? What is my involvement with those who will go where “the conditions are harsh, fierce and lonely”?
I just started teaching on the gifts of the Spirit. This week I walked my congregation through Romans 12:6-8, the gist of which could be summarized in the Nike slogan: “Just do it!” Someone commented the next day that what I really need for the congregation is a good cattle prod, but I seriously doubt that my church would tolerate that kind of motivation from its pastor.
But what will it take? The kingdom of God offers “shovel ready” opportunities for God’s people.
Do you remember that little chorus that we learned in Sunday school?
When we all pull together, together, together,
When we all pull together how happy we’ll be!
For your work is my work and our work is God’s work,
When we all pull together how happy we’ll be!
TEAMWORK, according to Merriam Webster, is “work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.”
We as educators throughout LAC are constantly giving examinations. Yet, do we ever think about doing a self-examination of ourselves as teachers? As we begin this New Year, we need to stop, think, and evaluate our own teaching methods. There are some key questions we can ask ourselves. How am I doing in connecting with students? Where is my concentration in teaching? What is my ultimate goal in teaching? What methods am I using? Are there visible outcomes?
“Change in Latin American higher education is not optional;
the choice is to innovate or perish.”
The administrative offices of the AG University in San Salvador are more crowded than usual today.
I am here for two days of meetings with Dr. DeLonn Rance, Director of Intercultural Doctoral Studies and Chair of the Global Missions Department at AGTS. Also present is Dr. Randy Walls, Director of the External Studies Program at AGTS and two professional education evaluators from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the body that accredits AGTS. University leaders present are: Fernando Vásquez, President; Bob Bueno, Chairman of the Board; Orlando Cámbara, Academic Dean; Oscar Durán, Dean of the Theology Department; and others.
Over 10 years in the making, we are on the verge of launching the first …
Those who know me well are aware of the fact that I love photography. Many of my students have given me the nickname “El Paparazzi,” since I’m often found with one (or more) of my faithful Nikon cameras hanging from my neck. I love shooting candid, spontaneous images that in one way or another capture the essence of a special moment. For me, beyond its beauty and symmetry, this image expresses very well what ministerial training should be all about… leading people into a deeper knowledge of God and His word, and consequently into a closer walk with Him. Ministerial formation is not just about sharing information and developing skillsets, important as those things are. It’s ultimately about helping people strengthen their relationship with God, so they can help others do the same.
I received an email a few days ago from a pastor of a supporting church. He reported that he is retiring and that the district and church board have agreed that the church “has run its life cycle and will be closed.” It seems sad and makes it sound normal and inevitable. People have life cycles. Do churches and organizations face an inevitable future? What about Bible schools and other ministerial training programs?
One might generally divide education or training into various components, such as (1) personal learning through reading, online courses, or extension education of other kinds; (2) education in a classic classroom context, such as in a Bible school, university, or community college; or (3) seminars, conferences, summits, forums, symposia, boot camps, intensives, workshops, or modules that are aimed at providing specific training for individuals who wish to improve their capacity in an area of expertise. This last method gives us tools to work with and to help us reach our life goals.
“We can’t do the task alone.” “We need to partner with servant leaders of the Two-thirds world.” “The Great Commission is not just for the American church.”
Despite the fact that we Americans are such gung-ho result producers and that God has used the sons and daughters of the American church quite effectively for over a century in so many parts of the world, the challenge is just too great for us to tackle by ourselves.
How can we explain what is happening in the Middle East today?
According to a recent article in Christianity Today, Muslims and Christians were demonstrating together in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The ouster of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has sparked protests all across the Middle East and the Muslim world. Many questions remain unanswered, but one thing is sure that God is up to something!
I recently read the book by Joel C. Rosenberg, Inside the Revolution. (It has to be good because the radio host, Rush Limbaugh, gives his stamp of approval!) The sub-title is “How the followers of Jihad, Jefferson and Jesus are battling to dominate the Middle East and transform the world.”
Working together, missionaries and national churches have established the indigenous church principle as the basic philosophy of the Assemblies of God in Latin America. This practice has served the church well and has produced new national churches, which, since their inception, have developed with the goal of becoming independent, in other words self-sustaining, self-governing, and self-propagating. The church owes much to the founders that began with a concept that rejected the permanent dependence and childhood of other missionary models. Nevertheless, the model has at least one defect. It does not include the goal of producing a self-theologizing church.
Where are our students today? Perhaps most of them are involved in some kind of ministry, but are they really educating (discipling) their disciples? Are we, as educators, adequately developing educators? Educators (leaders) must have a radical commitment to the discipleship process. Our role is to assist each and every student to become the very best educator possible.
Teachers come in two flavors: educators and experts. The educator studies learning style and process. The Expert focuses on his subject to the exclusion of all else. The field of missionary education is replete with experts but nearly devoid of educators. This imbalance produces a corresponding misaligned emphasis among students taught by missionary educators, but it can be easily corrected.
For the past two years, ATAL (Asociación Teológica de América Latina), known in English as the Latin America Theological Association, has been working with sister organizations around the world in the formation of a network of theological associations with the purpose of raising the recognition level of their efforts in the advancement of Pentecostal theology.
We have been working in Instituto Bíblico Nazareth in Chiapas, Mexico, for seven years. From the beginning we noticed several problem areas: low academic standards, a poor work ethic among the students, and finally, and most importantly, a great lacking in regards to knowledge of the Holy Spirit. The District Superintendent later confirmed our suspicion when he told us that only 8% of the ministers in the entire District were baptized in the Holy Spirit.