UCM School of Pastoral Leadership provides evangelism and discipleship training for Nicaraguan pastors. These pastors already speak the language and are connected with a community of believers. By providing resources to strengthen their ministries, we enable the gospel to spread much further and much faster than what UCM alone can do.
Imagine being called by God to serve as a pastor, but having no money to buy basic resources like a Study Bible, a Bible Dictionary, or a commentary. Even worse, many have no money to obtain Biblical training. The UCM School of Pastoral Leadership in Jinotega, Nicaragua, helps meet those needs. Through consistent attendance at the pastor’s schools, each pastor can receive theological training as well as resources to increase his effectiveness in studying the Bible and preaching to his congregation.
UCM’s Pastor’s School staff are in the mission field daily identifying and educating active pastors who desire to enhance their ministry skills and understanding of God’s word. Once identified, these pastors are invited to enroll in the UCM School of Pastoral Leadership.
To receive the free training, pastors must be in agreement with the UCM Statement of Beliefs. The school’s goal is to come alongside pastors from non-denominational as well as churches from various denominations to assist them in fulfilling their call to ministry. We believe that spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ is paramount to reaching people for Christ. Therefore, we aim to provide training that appeals to and aids all evangelical denominations.
The curriculum is Christ-centered and biblical. Emphasis is placed upon evangelism and discipleship. Through the school of Pastoral leadership another major goal is to equip churches that are in need of Bibles, Christian tracts, Sunday School literature, Vacation Bible School literature and other discipleship training material.
At it’s inception in June, 2008, of the 28 pastors enrolled in the first two classes only one of the 28 pastors who completed the work had a Study Bible. Only one had a Bible dictionary and only one had a commentary. About 50 percent of their wives did not own a Bible. Pastors often have to choose between providing food for their family or pursuing an education. As a result, UCM made the decision that all expenses that would deter a pastor from receiving training would be provided free of charge if funds are available.
These two questions, "What would Jesus have me know" and "What would Jesus have me do" are the questions that stimulate and guide our teaching efforts. We are most concerned about growing disciples who can help duplicate in the lives of others "What Jesus would have us know and do."
To date, more than 600 pastors have been trained through United Christian Missions School of Pastoral Leadership. UCM missionaries in the classrooms and in the communities are constantly looking for ways to inspire and encourage pastors and church leaders.