SENDAS Celebrates Third Annual LLAMADOS Conference
On Friday, October 25, more than 140 people from Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and the USA gathered to celebrate the third annual LLAMADOS (meaning “called” in Spanish) conference under the theme “Called to Innovation.” Revs. Albert and Christine Hung from California, USA, were the speakers for the conference. Rev. Albert Hung is the Northern California District Superintendent.
The conference began with an opening service with a time of worship and a message by Rev….
2019 Graduation celebrates 17 graduates for their accomplishments
On Saturday, October 26, the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas celebrated its 2019 graduation ceremony. The event was held at the same time as the closing service for the “Called to Innovate” conference organized by SENDAS.
On this occasion students graduated from a variety of programs including: Diploma in Christian Ministry, Bachelor of Theology programs with an emphasis on Pastoral Ministry, Master of Science in Religion with a mention in Family Orientation and Church Development….
SENDAS participates in AETAL theological forum
SENDAS was represented at the theological forum for the Evangelical Association of Theological Education in Latin America (AETAL). Dr. Marco Velasco, SENDAS Academic Dean, traveled to Brazil to take part in the X Theological Conference hosted by AETAL. The event took place from September 23 to 26, 2019 in the city of Campinas.
The key topic for the conference was: “New Realities Facing Theological Education”. According to AETAL Secretary General, Dr. Pablo Branch, the event had the objective…
Life of a Champion Ministries at SENDAS
After three years of preparation and planning, Lyle and Ginger Wensley along with their daughter, Cana, arrived at SENDAS on August 16. The Wensley’s vision to begin a soccer ministry – Life of a Champion Ministries – has become a partnership with SENDAS toward the goal of reaching the neighborhoods closest to the seminary.
Lyle Wensley is a middle school teacher and soccer coach who has felt God’s call to begin this ministry in Costa Rica. While not a Nazarene couple, they have a connec…
Dr. Dan Brewster, visiting professor for continuing education at SENDAS
During four Mondays in August and September, SENDAS hosted a Continuing Education course for pastors and leaders through its online study platform (CANVAS). The course was attended by 20 students, all pastors and leaders from countries such as: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA and Mexico. This course was conducted under the theme: “Strategically Ministering to Children: a view through the 4/14 window”, and was taught by Dr. Dan Brewster, renowned writer o…
ONU Women’s Soccer Team Serves in Costa Rica
The Olivet Nazarene University Women’s soccer team, led by Coach Bill Bahr, spent two weeks in June playing soccer and serving in the local churches in Costa Rica. Their competition ranged from playing soccer friendly against the team from Los Angeles Church of the Nazarene, to playing against the Alajuela first division (which ended in a tie).
While the evenings were spent playing soccer, the team lent a hand with several projects in and around the SENDAS campus and local neighborhoods….
Caribbean Nazarene College adopts SENDAS Administration Model
On May 23 and 24, 2019, in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago, the Council of Regents of the Caribbean Nazarene College (CNC) met. The College’s President, Dr. Orlando Seale, invited SENDAS Administrative Vice-President, Rev. Mary Anáis Rojas, to present to the superintendents and lay delegates of the Caribbean Area the model used by SENDAS campus administration in Costa Rica, to generate local income.
SENDAS has organized its administrations in two departments: academic administration and campu…
SENDAS and Church of the Nazarene’s Florida district seal agreement
On February 25, 2019, an agreement between SENDAS and the Florida district of the Church of the Nazarene was signed. Through this joint effort, SENDAS will aid Hispanic students from ministerial centers in completing their Bachelor’s Degree in Theology with an emphasis on Pastoral Ministry.
The work will begin with 4 centers located in different key points of the state of Florida, in order to reach students who wish to be part of this important ministerial growth opportunity. The course ca…
Visiting the Northern District
During March 8-10, a small SENDAS team, led by SENDAS ordination track coordinator, Rev. Felipe Flores, visited the Northern District of Costa Rica, specifically the San Carlos and Upala regions. The churches of Ciudad Quesada, Muelle and Upala Centro were visited, where the status of the ETED (Decentralized Theological Education) centers was evaluated, and new video conference equipment was installed. In addition, the team met with pastors, leaders and students from the area to motivate them to…
SENDAS Association Signs Agreement with Methodist University
On May 10, 2019 at 10:00 am, at the campus of the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas (SENDAS), a historic agreement was signed between the SENDAS Association and the Methodist University of Costa Rica (UNIMET).
The two documents of this agreement were reviewed in the first instance by several legal advisors, then unanimously approved by the Executive Board and SENDAS Board of Trustees, and the General Assembly of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Costa Rica, the International Board of Education…
SENDAS Hosts Second Regional Meeting for the Development of Wesleyan Writers in Mesoamerica
During May 9, 10 and 11, the Second Wesleyan Writers Development Workshop for the Church of the Nazarene in Mesoamerica was held at the SENDAS campus in San José, Costa Rica. There were 40 participants, including pastors and leaders representing six districts of Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.
The purpose of the meeting was to develop Wesleyan writers who can produce articles, lessons for Spanish Sunday School curriculum, and basic books, among other materials. It sought to awaken the passion…
Barnabas Initiative is Born
The Barnabas Initiative is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Clergy Development for Mesoamerica, the Center for Praise and Proclamation (known as CAP for its Spanish-language acronym), of Oaxaca, Mexico and the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas (SENDAS). The launch event was held in San José, Costa Rica on June 7 and 8, 2019.
The activity brought together forty-three senior pastors, associate pastors and spouses from the two districts of Costa Rica who committed themselves to short…
Sendas signs agreement with world leader in the Christian publishing industry
The Nazarene Seminary of the Americas (Sendas), and HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) have signed a mutually beneficial agreement to train and equip Spanish-speaking pastors and leaders worldwide. Through the agreement, the two entities -leaders in their respective fields- will work together to provide training & resources based on the bibles and books published by HCCP, which includes the well-known spanish publishing imprints Editorial Vida, Grupo Nelson and Editorial CLIE .
Sendas welcomes new volunteer missionary Jenny Díaz Moreno
On February 15, 2019, SENDAS welcomed Jenny Diaz Moreno to the team as a volunteer missionary. Jenny was born in Nicaragua to Nazarene pastors and was involved in her local church from an early age. When she was 12 years old she received God’s call to cross-cultural missions.
Jenny received a degree in psychology from UNAN in Managua, Nicaragua and with God’s help, she earned a masters degree in the Science of Religion with an emphasis in ministry to the family through UNELA in San Jose, Cos…
Sendas Missionary Globally Commissioned by the Church of the Nazarene
On Monday, February 25, 2019, thirty-seven missionaries were commissioned as global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene. The commissioning service took place at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Among those commissioned were six missionaries from the Mesoamerica Region including Rev. Carol Rittenhouse who serves at SENDAS.
The commissioning of missionaries is a recognition of the life and call of the missionary, an indication of the missionary’s willingness to serv…
SENDAS faculty and staff ordained in Costa Rica
On February 4, 2019, we celebrated with gratitude the Ordination Service for the Central District of Costa Rica in the facilities of the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas. The service was directed by General Superintendent, Dr. David Graves and Mesoamerica Regional Director, Dr. L. Carlos Sáenz.
The event also counted with attendance from several missionaries from the Region, the Central District of Costa Rica Superintendent, Rev. Sirlene Bustos and pastors, brothers and sisters of each local c…
2019 Graduation held in Cuba
On January 24 and 28, 2019, a joint graduation for SENDAS and SETENAC (the Cuban Nazarene Theological Seminary) was held. Between the Holguín and La Habana study centers, 120 total students received Ministry Certification and Theology Diplomas from SETENAC. At the same time, 39 students graduated from the SENDAS Bachelor in Pastoral Theology program from both centers.
The graduation also provided an opportunity to honor students and pastors from Holguín who died in the tragic plane crash in Ma…
SENDAS alumnus becomes global NYI director
Effective March 1st, 2019, SENDAS alumnus, Rev. David Gonzalez, assumed the role of global NYI director for the Church of the Nazarene.
David served the local church for eight years as a worship leader and a youth pastor. In 1999, he became the Mexico Field NYI coordinator and transitioned from that role in 2001 to serve as the Mesoamerica NYI president as well as a missionary for the Church of the Nazarene in Guatemala.
In 2007, he moved to the United States to assume the role of global program…
First Bachelor’s in Pastoral Theology Course offered in Northern California
During the months of November and December, the first SENDAS course was held for the Northern District of California.
In response to the official invitation of the NorCal district, the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas began to offer ordination courses to the Hispanic pastors of that large geographical area in one of the largest states in the US. These courses are part of the Bachelor’s in Pastoral Theology (BTP) offered by SENDAS and are offered in a blended learning format through videoconfe…
SENDAS participates in the ICETE Conference in Panama – “The Sacred-Secular Division”
The International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), took place October 29 to November 2, 2018, in Panama City, where the theological issue to be addressed was the “Sacred-Secular Division”. The Academic Vice Rector of SENDAS, Dr. Marco A. Velasco Sosa and his wife, Professor Myrza Enríquez, represented the institution.
In the midst a the diversity of theological traditions, the topic of the “sacred-secular” division of life was presented. This topic has grea…
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