and it is our firm belief that this is best achieved through investing in local institutions. By training Christian leaders, we can have a positive impact on the church for generations to come; and in resourcing local theological schools, we leave a sustainable legacy.
Institutes For Excellence
Institutes are annual mini conferences where school leaders in a particular geographic region come together to network and build leadership and organizational expertise. This year the theme of the Institute is Unconventional Models for Theological Education. Participants will build upon the learning of nine Overseas Council partner schools who have already thought through and implemented innovative educational models. We have seen that as schools implement new models for teaching and leaders are trained for ministry in a more contextualized manner, the end result is that churches have a greater impact in their communities. As educational leaders practice "reflection in action" the influence of our 130 partner schools is multiplied.
Two Schools in Cuba
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and it has a population of 11.38 million people. Christianity is the predominant religion in Cuba and it is growing rapidly. The rector of a seminary we work with informs us that one of the greatest needs of this growing church (and also of the nation) is reconciliation and the building of trust. Another is strong leadership. We praise God that because of the generosity of many people, two seminaries in Cuba are beginning to meet the need.
Our International Team
Highly networked Consultants like Daniel Owens in Vietnam, help identify and address the challenges faced by our partner schools in the regions where they live and work. Daniel lives in Vietnam with his wife Heather and their two sons and teaches at Hanoi Bible College.
The Inter-institutional Christian Repository (REPCI)is a virtual space to spread the intellectual and original production of Latin American and Caribbean Christian authors. REPCI is intended to provide a common space for researchers, teachers and students of Latin American and Caribbean theological institutions to share their publications. REPCI will be an open or low-cost tool to access this shared space.
The REPCI project will be coordinated jointly by Mariel Voth, the Latin American Library Consultant for reSource Leadership International, and by the librarian of the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) in Medellin, Colombia.