The Pentecostal Theological Seminary hosted its first-ever “Latino Church Planter’s Encounter,” February 10 and 11, 2014. The event, sponsored by the Seminary’s Center for Latino Studies, brought together over 25 Latino pastors and ministry leaders from throughout the United States to explore new opportunities for the Seminary to serve the Latino constituency of the Church of God.
The event featured a number of presentations and dialogue sessions, which centered around the development of a new degree program specifically targeting the needs of the Latino church community—one of the largest and fast-growing segments of the church.
During the event, the Center for Latino Studies announced the development of a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry with concentration in Latino Church Planting degree. The degree, which will be offered entirely in Spanish, will guide students in practical instruction that will result in their planting a new Latino church during their final semester of study.
Support for the degree program was strong from participant’s of the Encounter, who pledged $18,500 to start an endowment fund for scholarships for Latino students.
Of the new degree program, Dr. Wilfredo Estrada-Adorno, Director of the Center for Latino Studies, says, “I believe that this project will help us develop at least 40 new healthy Latino churches in the next three years. I am also convinced that this will spark a new dynamic between our Seminary and our Latino churches in United States.”
The degree program, while still in its formative stages, will be presented to the Seminary’s Faculty Council for consideration in the Spring with intentions of enrolling students in the Fall of 2014.