Thursday, January 19, 2012

Moore College in Latin America

Thousands of students across Latin America are studying the Moore College correspondence course in Spanish, with exponential growth even in countries deeply hostile to Christian ministry.

Peter Sholl (pictured right), CMS missionary with his wife Sarah in the violence-torn Mexican city of Monterrey, is the Director of MOCLAM - Moore College in Latin America.

Taking up the reins in 2009, he says that the course’s popularity is due to its clarity and deep commitment to teaching the Bible. But the course also cuts across denominational boundaries in a denominationally ‘rigid’ environment, and comes with Australia’s reputation for providing quality education.

MOCLAM began with the work of Australians Grahame and Patty Scarratt in Chile, but exams for the correspondence theology course are now being sat by over almost 3000 students in fifteen countries.

Sometimes a handful of people in a church will be studying the course, sometimes IFES student groups, sometimes entire networks of pastors and church leaders within denominations.

The course has unexpectedly flourished in one of the most restricted nations for Christian ministry in Latin America. In that country, 1000 students study the course from a group of fifteen that started in 2007. Peter trains pastors there to teach the course in their own churches.

‘In one little Baptist church in the capital, they have sixty people on Tuesday nights studying subjects,’ he says.

The growth has been so dramatic that the Australian-based markers have struggled to keep up, and locals are being trained not only as teachers but exam markers. To read more, click here.

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