The Church of God in Paraguay
In 2015, one congregation, Encarnación, reported 207 baptisms!
The tagline for the Warner Institute is “Creer, Crecer, Servir” – “Believe, Grow, Serve.” All three of these elements are integrated into the teaching and philosophy of the school. The location of the school (shown below) is at the intersection of Paraguay and Argentina, making it a perfect location for Paraguayan pastors to study and remain connected to their home congregations.
Below is a list of the courses by year:
First Year: Theology 1, Philosophy, Greek, Old Testament, History 1, Hermeneutics,
Speech and Spanish, Theology of Worship, Homiletics
Second Year: Theology 2, New Testament, History 2, English, Social Studies,
Psychology, Christian Education, Radio and TV workshop, Professional practice 1
Third Year: Theology 3, Counseling, Professional Practice 2, Biblical Exegesis, History
of the Evangelical Church, Social Pedagogy, Ethics, Human Rights, Holistic mission
Partnering to Make a Difference
The monthly cost per student to attend Warner Institute is $300 for the 10 months. This includes tuition, room, food (which is subsidized by the local church in Posadas), health insurance, computer, and school administration fees.
Other costs not included, which are covered by the student, are supplies and transportation to and from the school (which happens about twice a month).
The goal of this program is for it to be done in partnership with the local church. Because of this, the local church must provide $100 towards the monthly support of the student. On top of that, the National Assembly of the Church of God in Paraguay is giving $3000 toward the total costs for students.
The total cost, after giving from the local church, is $200 per student per month or a total of $2000 for the 10 months of schooling.
This Bible Training opportunity will be promoted in all of the Church of God congregations in Paraguay and shared with high school students in various church settings, in the country. Current pastors would meet with their prospective students to confirm their calling to ministry and explain how this project would benefit them in their training for ministry. The goal is to add three new students (to the five currently enrolled) per year.
Norberto Kurrle (national leader), Bob Confer (US pastor and project advocate), and Monica Fisher (general coordinator of the Warner Institute) will do an annual evaluation of this project in January each year and would look at the number of current students and incoming students starting in February. Students would be asked to evaluate their training and recommend changes for improvements. These evaluations will be taken into consideration as the whole training program is evaluated annually.
Along with evaluating the project, this team would also look at the evaluations of each student, including their test results. This annual evaluation would be done the last week in November of each school year.
MINISTRIES IN PARAGUAY
The Church of God in Paraguay has four schools. The oldest school, Alfa and Omega in Raul Pena, started in 1984. The next school was started in 2010 in Itá Paso – they are adding a grade each year. Then, Timothy School began in 2013 – they currently have childcare for ages 2-4, preschool, first and second grade, and in 2017 they will add third grade. Timothy School has 70 students enrolled, doubling their enrollment from the year prior in 2015. They employ 12 staff including a director, two counselors, one English teacher, and grade teachers and helpers. The newest school, Integrity School, began in 2014 and already provides all 12 years of education.
Child sponsorship through Children of Promise started in Paraguay in 2004 under the direction of missionary Julie Kurrle. The current director is from the Church of God in Paraguay, Sandra Greve, and they serve over 100 kids!
Radio Alternativa is a Christian radio station which is a ministry of the Church of God in Paraguay. It started in 1999 and was the first, and for a long time only, Christian radio station in Southern Paraguay. Norberto Kurrle, current national leader and director of the station for nine years, wrote a book on the history of this innovative ministry called Telling the Story of Radio Alternativa.
Letter from the COG in Paraguay
May 16th, 2016
To the Global Strategy Team
The Church of God in Paraguay finds itself at a great juncture. In light of the growth of our congregations it is very important to train new pastors who will become the leaders in local Church of God congregations. We are currently recruiting from within the churches young people with a heart for the Lord. Therefore, the national assembly and the board of directors, believes and supports investing in the theological formation of our students and those who will step up in the coming years.