SENDAS Faculty Provides Free Weekly Webinars to Pastors and Leaders
As COVID-19 settled down on the world, and more specifically, Latin America, SENDAS has developed some creative solutions for delivering content to pastors and leaders. One of these initiatives has been to broadcast live webinars on Facebook on a weekly basis. The Continuing Education Ministry, under the direction of Rev. Felipe Flores, began this initiative on April 1, 2020. Since that date, every Wednesday pastors and leaders have been able to access instruction on various topics at no charge….
SENDAS and Regional Clergy Development train the Dominican Republic in virtual education
In the midst of a global pandemic, some institutions that had little experience with virtual education saw the need and opportunity to start using it. This is the case of the Dominican Nazarene Seminary – SND, in Santo Domingo. In a joint effort between the Regional Ministry of Education and Clergy Development and SENDAS, leaders from all over the Dominican Republic, including district superintendents, faculty, and coordinators of study centers for organization, met via Zoom® on April 22 for…
Closed campus, open education
Although we are going through an unprecedented global crisis, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, at SENDAS we continue with the vision that the Lord has given us to train with the greatest excellence the highest possible number of ministers, for the extension of the kingdom of God.
Our central campus in San José Costa Rica has closed its doors to the public following the recommendations of the national government. The special events center is not operating, like all the hotels in the country…
God is willing indeed! Our commitment during COVID-19
We often use the expression “God willing” for things we plan to do in the future. As Christians, that can be a phrase of faith and assurance of our trust in the Lord. However, there is a risk in using the same expression to evade responsibility in matters that require our commitment.
I find it hard to believe that in times of a global pandemic we think: “God willing, the coronavirus will be destroyed.” Rather, God wants and is willing to beat the COVID-19 virus! The motivation driving Go…
Latin Grammy Award winner Danilo Montero endorses SENDAS’ Worship program
Danilo Montero is a known and loved singer, composer, writer, speaker and pastor from Costa Rica. He has among his accomplishments 20 Christian music recordings and two books. He has received nominations for various awards including the Latin Grammys and has received awards at the Arpa Awards, the Billboard Award for Latin Music and the Latin Grammys. Currently he is a pastor in Houston, Texas, from where he frequently travels speaking at conferences and giving concerts.
When he was younger, bef…
Eduardo and Graciela Lelli: SENDAS graduates making a difference in the Hispanic World
The year was 1983 when a young Argentine couple arrived at SENDAS following God’s call to prepare for ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. Still newlyweds, they’d been married for only 6 months. Their names were Eduardo Alejandro Lelli and Graciela Monica Portini de Lelli, and they would spend three formative years growing, learning and serving in the community of SENDAS.
Regarding his time at SENDAS Eduardo states:
SENDAS led us from being youth leaders in our local church in Bue…
Excellent beginning of 2020 for the Diploma in Ministry program in Costa Rica and Panama
2020 began with our coordinator of the Diploma in Christian Ministry program (ETED), Rev. Felipe Flores, has been working hard to promote and supervise our centers in Costa Rica and Panama, the countries under his charge.
The acronym ETED refers to Decentralized Theological Education and indicates the way these core courses to fulfill the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene are taught.
Rev. Flores says, “We want to share about the excellent start to the ETED p…
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 .
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