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December 19, 2017 Latin America – MTS Scholarships in Latino/a Ministries
Latin America – MTS Scholarships in Latino/a Ministries
[pie chart]26%Support Raised
[world map] Iberoamerica and the Caribbean Bolivia push-pin Brazil push-pin Mexico push-pin Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico
Theological Education Theological Education
GoalThe goal of this project is to address the growing need for training pastors and leaders in the Latin American Evangelical Community.
SummaryThis project seeks to raise $75,000 per semester to provide scholarships for Latino/a students. $6,460 provides one student with a full two-year scholarship through IM.
DescriptionLatin America and the Global South have become the center of growth in the Evangelical Church in the last 15-20 years. The reality of such lightning fast growth is that there is a desperate need to provide training for pastors and leaders in the church so that it can continue to grow and maintain healthy faith communities for decades to come. With rapid urbanization in what is considered the Majority World, there are very few resources and many churches are suffering because of lack of quality theological education to strengthen the church. In 2016, an innovative and collaborative program called the Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) began to prepare Spanish-speaking students for thoughtful and productive holistic ministry and leadership in churches, organizations and community life in Latin America. Offered online through Palmer Theological Seminary, the MTS program addresses the growing need for training pastors and leaders. This accredited graduate level program consisting of 12 courses (3 credit hours each) for a total of 36 credit hours. Upon completion, women and men are prepared for pastoral ministry and/or church leadership. Although the courses in the areas of biblical studies, theology and practice of ministry parallel other seminary curricula, the MTS program is contextualized to the needs of Latino/a communities. While quality training for church leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean is hard to find, funding post-graduate education with the scarce resources of Majority World countries is even harder. In response, International Ministries, in collaboration with Palmer Theological Seminary and the American Baptist Home Mission Society, developed a theological educational program that is one of the most innovative of its kind. This project is directed by IM Regional Consultant J.D. Reed. He will be stewarding your gifts and providing regular updates on this program.
Suggested GiftsYour response with a gift or a multi-year pledge today will be a tremendous encouragement. A gift of $6,460 provides one student a full two-year IM scholarship. A gift of $193,000 will allow the 50 international students to graduate in the next two years. A gift of $452,200 will fund 70 new students.
Prayer RequestsPray that support of this project will deliver theological education to enrolled students and expand the reach to more people in more places.