Institute of Church Planters

 

The Institute of Church Planters was begun by ABWE missionaries in 2007.  
It was a new model for "multiplication church planting" with three objectives: 

 

  • To be reproducible for the Nicaraguan believers

  • ​To be more efficient in terms of time and money
    invested as foreigners

  • To allow for greater respect and partnership with national pastors
     

The Institute of Church Planters, a two year program where missionaries, pastors, and church planters teach national church planters for 3 days each month and then continue to mentor them throughout the entire process. In its first seven years, the Institute of Church Planters has:
 

  • Empowered 35 Nicaraguan pastors to plant 26 new churches

  • Trained disciple-makers to bring the gospel to diverse communities across the nation

  • Given the vision to church planters to birth new churches out of their own church

  • Given our Nicaraguan believers the vision to start 2 new branch Institutes of Church Planters; one in Matagalpa, a coffee growing region in northern Nicaragua, and the other in Malacatoya, a rice growing region around Lake Nicaragua

  • Given the vision to train Nicaraguan church planters for ministry around the world. With God’s help we hope to be sending Nicaraguan missionaries to the Muslim world
     

We look forward to opportunites to support these church planters by teaching family ministries in the local church bodies, helping to develop and run the camp/ministry center Centro ABEM, teaching English as a second language, sports outreach camps, a youth baseball league and men's softball league to bring together communities in the name of Christ.