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School of Preaching

HISTORY

Our approach to planting “Spanish-speaking churches” in the beginning was haphazard, at best: locate a population center which looks receptive; find a missionary family willing to serve; and pray a lot!

Over time, our plan became a bit more sophisticated; we call it our “three-tiered” approach:
(1) We plant churches in receptive areas, (2) we provide benevolent help as needed and (3) we seek to provide opportunities in biblical education and training.

During the first 10 years of our Hispanic ministry, our efforts at providing bible training (tier 3) were sporadic. However, in 1995, things changed.

In partnership with the Norton Street Church of Christ, we established the South Texas School of Preaching. Several years later, the curriculum was expanded to include a degree plan in Biblical studies. The classes for the three-year program are taught in Spanish and are free of charge to students. Presently classes are taught nightly at three different venues. The objectives of the school are to offer the training necessary to enable men to preach, and also, to equip local church members to teach and lead. So far, we have graduated thirty-seven students.

In addition, we offer correspondence courses which serve many who cannot physically attend our school. For this ministry, we record our classes on cassette/video so congregations and missionaries elsewhere can use them, not only in training preachers, but also for teaching members of their churches. In 2011, we have over 1300 students in twenty-five states and sixteen countries who received materials from our school.

Carrol Robertson serves as the Director of the School. He and his wife Eunice have served the school since its inception. Carrol is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, and has served as a local minister and missionary at various locations in Texas, Mexico and Peru. Prior to coming with us, he taught at the Baxter Institute in Honduras.

Our School Needs
 
Full time Preacher students

All of our students presently attend part-time and must work. We are looking for students who can devote full time to the school curriculum. Although there are no charges for school expenses or tuition, students must be able to cover their living expenses while attending. OJT in local congregations is available.

Sponsors to fund student living expenses

We desperately need individual Christians and churches willing to cover the living expenses for full-time students. Full-time students normally will finish their course requirements in two years.

Instructors

Carrol Robertson presently teaches about 50% of all courses. Ten other “visiting” instructors presently teach the remaining courses. Normal courses are one to two weeks in duration. A working knowledge of Spanish is preferable. A fee is paid to our visiting instructors. WE NEED MORE INSTRUCTORS!

Equipment

We need help in purchasing the necessary equipment to film, record and reproduce courses on DVD and other media for our correspondence ministry.

Funding for material duplication

We need funding for materials (paper, cassette, DVDs) used in our ministry.

Funding for postage

One of our largest operational expenses is postage to mail our class materials internationally. It presently costs us about $1000.00 per month.

Funding for other operational expenses

If you can help please contact Carrol Robertson (956-580-6893 carrolrobertson@att.net) or Craig Cooper (956-495-9876 franklin.cooper@sbcglobal.net).

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