Cuba & Mexico
Biblical teaching for pastors in Cuba and Mexico
During a training session in Santiago de Cuba, NET has spoken to a pastor of the church in Antiga and Barbuda, an island state in the Caribbean Sea. He heard "by chance" about the conference: "This training has blessed my life. I was discouraged, but this has brought my ministry back to God. I thank Him for sending you with this refreshing Biblical message. It has pointed us in the right direction in a time and context in which we are quickly influenced by forms and methods that are not based on the Bible. Thank you for your practical teaching on the Word. God bless your ministry."
This pastor's response shows that the courses offered by NET are highly appreciated: he has been confirmed in his calling as a pastor, full of gratitude to God, and has been encouraged by the Biblical teaching that NET allows to teach there. The conference has been a blessing to this pastor who has been called, but did receive little education and equipment. This is how NET Foundation is working on her mission - to equip pastors worldwide. So that they will be able to receive Biblical and theological knowledge, will be able to learn practical skills and will be able to do their work with 'head, heart and hands' by an inner conviction.
Online and local education
NET helps theological institutions worldwide in setting up flexible distance learning. For many low-educated pastors, this is a great opportunity:
Online theological programs are a good learning strategy for the formation of pastors. Many barriers are overcome like finances and time. You can see the impact of this strategy when students stay in their geographical place of serving the Lord and can keep on learning. Fabricio Medina
But online education is not an option everywhere, due to the lack of the internet, for example. In these places, local conferences are organized worldwide through NET Study Centers, where lay pastors will receive biblically based education and equipment.
NET develops the NET curriculum "Serving in God 's vineyard", which consists of ten courses, in which all aspects of the ministry of a pastor are covered:
- God's way of salvation
- Calling to the ministry
- Survey of the Old and New testament
- Passion to preach
- Desire to teach
- Discipleship and diaconate
- Pastoral care
- Marriage and family
- Servant leadership
The teachings are adapted locally to the needs, level of knowledge and cultural context of the pastors. In this project, NET offers biblical education in Mexico and Cuba.
The Church in Cuba is growing and longing for education. Two conferences will be organized in four different locations in 2020: in Santiago de Cuba and Habana (Old Testament & New Testament), and in two new locations: Matanza and Maisi (God's way of salvation & God's call to ministry). The course program will be continued in 2021 and 2022.
NET, together with the missionary organization Overseas Council, is involved in five Bible schools that have started offering their courses online. All partners receive guidance and training in developing online courses and offering them.
In Mexico, the need for equipment is very great, too. NET collaborates with four partners to offer online Bible-based equipment and education. The cooperation will be deepened and intensified in the coming years. In addition, NET is looking for two new partners in Mexico to train more pastors.
$56,000 has been budgeted for 2020 - 2022 for the support, training and supervision of five partner schools in Cuba to offer online theological education. The same job in Mexico with six partners institutions has a price tag of $65,000. This ensures NET to provide online education for more than 1,200 students in Mexico and Cuba. For pastors who do not have the opportunity to follow online education, NET will organize eight conferences every year in 2020 - 2022 in four different places. $116,000 has been budgeted for this local equipment. For this amount, 540 pastors can be equipped (20 to 25 participants per conference).