From July 24 -29 in Mexico City at the Seminario Nazareno Mexicano (SENAMEX), a course was taught by Dr. Joseph Wood from Nazarene Theological College (NTC) in Manchester, England. This was the second course as part of the agreement which was signed in January of 2017 between NTC and SENDAS.
Three centers connected by video conference to receive the course entitled Church History and the Development of Theology. Seven students received the course from Mexico City, 5 from Guatemala City and 9 in Costa Rica.
One more course in this series will be offered later this year in Guatemala (October). Each course required 22 hours of face to face or video conference class time, and in addition, many hours of studying and writing, including the reading of essays in English. In total, students invest 200 hours in each course. The classes are taught for three hours each night, from Monday to Friday, and then seven hours on Saturday.
Once a student has successfully completed the first year of courses, a certificate is awarded from NTC. Those who are admitted for the second year of study (to be taught in Costa Rica), will upon successful completion of the courses receive another certificate, but this one is a post-graduate certificate. Finally, those students who have applied and been admitted, may continue their studies in the United Kingdom and study the Master’s program at the University of Manchester.
Guido Solano from Costa Rica shares these words about this course: “It has been an excellent course in which we delved into the history of the Christian Church and theological thought, creating within ourselves a desire to continue studying history, since it is always good to know where we came from so we understand where we are going. This course has taught me so much, and has left me with the desire to continue reflecting on those historical aspects that have allowed the church to continue growing on a solid foundation. I am thankful to God for this time of blessing and to SENDAS for creating this opportunity to continue preparing ourselves for ministry.”
The Nazarene Seminary of the Americas is thankful for the partnership with NTC Manchester. The fruits of this relationship are beginning to be seen and will continue to be seen in the future for the blessing of many lives in Latin America.
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