Ricardo returned to Chile for the first time in 7 years last month with the goal of helping get the Chilean Annual Conference up-to-date with regard to the new Pastoral Formation system that we began implementing throughout the rest of the region last year. About 100 pastors and leaders from throughout the country attended the 2-day seminar. The Pastoral Formation system is much more than just the 18-class curriculum that we developed but is the whole process of Ordination Based on Results (Head, Heart and Hands). It is a well-balanced system and a team effort.
Supt. Patricio Alvial and other local leaders realized that there were a lot of holes in the system they were using and decided to postpone ordinations until those issues can be fixed and mentors can be assigned. They are excited that, when this system is implemented in its proper order, they will prepare better pastors and leaders for the future who will bear more fruit for the Kingdom of God.
This weekend Ricardo is in Puerto Rico for their annual meeting where he is teaching the same material. (More about that in the next newsletter.)