Theological Community of Honduras
Report of Activities
January – December 2010
The Theological Community of Honduras (CTEH) opened its doors in March 1998 as an important theological institution in Honduras with a strong ecumenical vocation. It is supported by the Christian Commission for Development (CCD) and partners with the Latin American Biblical University of San Jose, Costa Rica, which Global Ministries also has worked with for many years. CTEH offers an exciting approach to theological, biblical, and pastoral education that emphasizes the inter-relation that exists between faith, politics, society, and the church. With the goal of empowering leaders in the Honduran church to address the challenges encountered in their ministries in the 21st century, CTEH is providing a unique contribution to the struggle of justice and health in the marginalized neighborhoods and poor villages where Christ accompanies the poor of Honduras. Global Ministries has worked with both CCD and CTEH since they were established.
Theological education at CTEH is available at different levels — from grassroots and secondary school levels as well as university level. Global Ministries has supported these endeavors with educational materials, scholarship funds and volunteers.
The Christian Commission for Development is implementing their youth leadership training programs in part through the Theological Community of Honduras. These activities include helping youth with the development of their principles and moral values that help them improve their leadership skills as they seek to affect positive changes that will help both their families and their communities.
CTEH’s general objective for 2010 was to promote a theological culture through biblical, theological, and pastoral instruction at different academic levels, with an emphasis on the incorporation of women leaders from different churches. Specific objectives included:
- Continue theological study contextualized to the multi-cultural and socio-economic reality of Honduras. To carry out ongoing consultation with grassroots communities and racial-ethnic groups within Honduras to discern the needs of the churches, students, and communities. A large number of students between ages of 12 and 62 were involved in this program during the last year through courses on Pastoral Education, Evangelization, Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, and Practical Theology.
- Provide opportunities for academic and community-based conferences, workshops, and training on various themes such as theological dialogue about human rights. Professors, students, community leaders, and CTEH staff participated in these activities in year 2010. The library was improved and expanded in 2010 with air conditioning installed, and an additional 235 textbooks and eight new maps on the Old Testament.
- To continue to improve and enhance the working and spiritual environment of the CTEH community by conducting regular devotionals and workshops. Workshops were held on resilience, self-esteem, values, and pastoral care with a total of 230 participants from the CTEH and broader community in 2010.
Degree programs of the CTEH in 2010 included:
Pastoral Education Course (CEPAS): This program primarily works with grassroots lay Christian leaders around the country. In 2010 76 students (30 men and 46 women) participated in the following regions: Choluteca, San Pedro Sula, Central District.
Bachelor of Theology and Bible: This program is for entering students with secondary school studies. In 2010 participants included 26 students of whom 14 are women and 12 are men.
Master of Theology: Graduate educational degree in close coordination with the Latin American Biblical University of San Jose, Costa Rica. Two women completed this program in 2010.
In the future, CTEH hopes to incorporate additional course offerings including: Women’s Pastoral Theology, Environmental Theology, and Theology on Human Rights.
The students of CTEH are ecumenically proactive as they continue to define their pastoral vocations. Their participation in the wider community in specific actions toward the improvement of living conditions community development has resulted in a change in the members of each church and each community to which the students belong.