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Pentecostal Theological Education: Latin America Theological Seminary

Faculty of the Latin America Theological Seminary (Facultad de Teología). How readily available is theological education for Pentecostals in the countries you serve?

Allen Martin: The Assemblies of God has a very strong track record of Pentecostal theological education in the 37 Latin America & Caribbean countries where we have missionaries. The latest published statistics for the Assemblies of God in this region are:

  • 1,295 Bible Schools (584 Bible schools) and extensions
  • 68,069 students
  • 217,687 churches
  • 198,750 Assemblies of God ministers What are some of the greatest obstacles to Spirit-filled theological education in your region?

Allen Martin: Actually, although we experienced a great deal of persecution & opposition from many fronts in earlier years, we find that we are experiencing very little opposition in more recent years. Do you have access to good theological study materials?

Allen Martin: Unfortunately, if a person was somehow able to acquire all of the Spanish books that are available & still in print in the areas of Bible and theology and related subjects you would fall far short of 10,000 books for your library. Because it is the “touchy feely” books that sell rather than the deep scholarly theological books, so many of the best Spanish Bible & theological book are no longer available in print. A Bible School with a “decent” library seldom has more than 4,000 books and a really excellent library might have 6,000 books. So, to answer your question, it is difficult to find many good theological study materials in Spanish even considering those that might be available electronically. What are the greatest doctrinal challenges that you face in the countries you serve?

Allen Martin: Traditionally the church in Latin America has had to struggle with the doctrines of Liberation Theology and the issue of syncretism in the church. However, the big hot button issue today might center more on the controversy and legitimacy regarding modern day apostles and prophets. Of course there is always the ongoing dialogue regarding speaking in tongues as the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. What major themes do you stress as you train students for ministry?

Allen Martin: Personal holiness, integrity and commitment in a Spirit-led life of service. Also we put a great deal of emphasis in developing the students’ abilities as writers. There is a great need for sound Christian writers for the Kingdom of god in the Spanish speaking world in Latin America. What fruit have you seen in the lives of those who have prepared for ministry at your school?

Allen Martin: We count among our present and former students 23 current or former National Superintendents as well as many numerous district officials. We strive, with the Lord’s help, to develop strong leaders for the church in Latin America and we have been privileged to see many of our students used mightily of the areas of church leadership at the local, district and national levels. You may also tell us what degrees your school offers.

Allen Martin: We offer Masters Degrees in Practical Theology and Advanced Theological Education.



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Category: Fall 2016, Ministry

About the Author: H. Allen Martin, M.A., is a missionary educator with many years of missionary experience. During their 20 years of ministry in Ecuador the Lord helped the Martin’s to found numerous Quichua Indian churches, to establish the Indigenous District of the Assemblies of God where he was to serve as the first District Superintendent for six years as well as founding and directing a thriving four-year Bible Seminary. Since 2011, Allen has served as President of the Facultad de Teología (Latin America Theological Seminary) which has training centers in 13 strategic countries in Spanish speaking Latin America. The Facultad strategically trains and mentors the top pastors and leaders in the Assemblies of God in all Latin America. Allen is also currently earning a Ph. D. at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Facebook

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