New DMIN Cohort in Quezaltenango


The Pentecostal Theological Seminary continues its push to provide Global Theological Education for the Pentecostal Movement. The Seminary held the first courses for this cohort in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, from July 15-19, 2019. Dr. Han, the Vice-President for Academics for the Pentecostal Seminary, was present at this significant occasion. He highlighted the Seminary's commitment to these international cohorts. He also welcomed the students on behalf of Dr. Baker and highlighted the President's work to make these cohorts a possibility.

The students participated in an inauguration ceremony where SEBIPCA dedicated a new building and classroom for the purpose of doctoral training. The events of the first day culminated in a pinning ceremony where the Seminary formally welcomed the students into the doctoral program. Those who participated in these acts quickly realized the scale and impact that these programs could have for the church in Latin America. 

After these ceremonies, the students then settled in for their course work for the week. Dr. Jackie Johns, a long time faculty member of the Seminary, taught a course orienting the students in the Doctor of Ministry (DMIN). As the conversation grew, the students began to engage Dr. Johns in meaningful and creative ways so to understand the importance of the program for them and for their local ministry contexts. Dr. Daniel Álvarez served as a translator for Dr. Johns. He also taught a one-hour course working with the mechanics of research and the importance of theological writing with these students. Dr. Johns and Dr. Álvarez made a good team as the students connected with them and were able to build an engaged and analytical community of learners during their time with the students.

This cohort is a possibility of a partnership between the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, SEBIPCA (Seminario Bíblico Pentecosdtal Centro América), and the Church of God in Latin America (IDDLA). The Pentecostal church of Latin America knows it has a responsibility to provide advanced ministerial training for its top leadership and people in key positions. This partnership has been very positive as it has allowed fifty-six students from twelve different countries to participate in advanced theological and ministerial training in this new cohort. Currently, there are nearly one hundred students in the Seminary's DMIN program. A vast majority of these come from Latin America. 

It is the hope of the Seminary that these students will become doctors of the church in the full sense of this term. They will provide education and leadership for their respective contexts. It is another hope of this program that the students will produce literature that will fill the gaps in literature for the Pentecostal Movement in Latin America. The Pentecostal church has grown quickly, however, there is a lot of work to be done to record and to think creatively and meaningfully about the growth of the movement in this context. The students understood that this program will benefit the church in Latin America and beyond. 

The Pentecostal Theological Seminary continues its push to provide Global Theological Education for the Pentecostal Movement. The Seminary held the first courses for this cohort in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, from July 15-19, 2019. Dr. Han, the Vice-President for Academics for the Pentecostal Seminary, was present at this significant occasion. He highlighted the Seminary's commitment to these international cohorts. He also welcomed the students on behalf of Dr. Baker and highlighted the President's work to make these cohorts a possibility.

The students participated in an inauguration ceremony where SEBIPCA dedicated a new building and classroom for the purpose of doctoral training. The events of the first day culminated in a pinning ceremony where the Seminary formally welcomed the students into the doctoral program. Those who participated in these acts quickly realized the scale and impact that these programs could have for the church in Latin America. 

After these ceremonies, the students then settled in for their course work for the week. Dr. Jackie Johns, a long time faculty member of the Seminary, taught a course orienting the students in the Doctor of Ministry (DMIN). As the conversation grew, the students began to engage Dr. Johns in meaningful and creative ways so to understand the importance of the program for them and for their local ministry contexts. Dr. Daniel Álvarez served as a translator for Dr. Johns. He also taught a one-hour course working with the mechanics of research and the importance of theological writing with these students. Dr. Johns and Dr. Álvarez made a good team as the students connected with them and were able to build an engaged and analytical community of learners during their time with the students.

This cohort is a possibility of a partnership between the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, SEBIPCA (Seminario Bíblico Pentecosdtal Centro América), and the Church of God in Latin America (IDDLA). The Pentecostal church of Latin America knows it has a responsibility to provide advanced ministerial training for its top leadership and people in key positions. This partnership has been very positive as it has allowed fifty-six students from twelve different countries to participate in advanced theological and ministerial training in this new cohort. Currently, there are nearly one hundred students in the Seminary's DMIN program. A vast majority of these come from Latin America. 

It is the hope of the Seminary that these students will become doctors of the church in the full sense of this term. They will provide education and leadership for their respective contexts. It is another hope of this program that the students will produce literature that will fill the gaps in literature for the Pentecostal Movement in Latin America. The Pentecostal church has grown quickly, however, there is a lot of work to be done to record and to think creatively and meaningfully about the growth of the movement in this context. The students understood that this program will benefit the church in Latin America and beyond. 

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