CHURCH leadership
training

In the United States there is one trained pastor for each 235 persons. In Latin America there is one trained pastor for every 250,000 persons. Over 85% of Latin American pastors have no education at all. In Costa Rica only 34% of pastors have finished high school and only 12% of pastors have some form of formal Bible training. On the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica 2% of pastors have graduated high school. There are several contributing factors for these statistics:

The distance from San Jose. Christian education is centralized in the capital city of San Jose, 2 1/2 hours from the Pacific coast.

 

The time it takes to earn a degree. The average Costa Rican pastor takes 8.5 years to complete a bachelor degree.

 

The costs involved in traveling to San Jose (income vs. educational costs) The pastors live overworked lifestyles and have low incomes. 65% of pastors in Costa Rica earn $620 or less per month.

 

The generally low beginning education of the pastors makes higher education very slow and challenging.

 

 

 

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Based on God’s leading, our personal experienced training leaders since 2006 and the statistics listed above we believe that part of the solution to effectively train leaders in Latin America is to decentralize Christian education. We believe God is leading us to establish a Bible Institute to train leaders and a Christian academy for children in Jacó. God has provided the land! We are currently raising funds to organize an administrative team and begin construction! *The statistics above are from Professor David Sills, Southern Seminary/International Baptist Mission Board; Dr. Samuel Olson, Latin American Coordinator of the World Evangelical Alliance; Pastor David Knapp under supervision of Professor Dr. Paul Fritz, Director of Trinity College Department of World Missions, 2012.

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