Telling Our Story TOPIC BRASIL. Manila 1999 projected Costa Rica 2000. Of the 90 Costa Rica 2000 participants, 18 were from Brazil. This Brazilian group planned the First Brazilian Consultation, held in Anápolis, 2001. Anápolis, Goiás. 2001, August 21- 24. 49 different ministries.
Telling Our Story
Manila 1999 projected Costa Rica 2000.
Of the 90 Costa Rica 2000 participants, 18 were from Brazil.
This Brazilian group planned the First Brazilian Consultation, held in Anápolis, 2001.
2001, August 21- 24
49 different ministries
2nd Consultation, 2002 - principles and competencies
Third Consultation, 2003 – legal organization
Fourth Consultation, 2004 - maturing: mission, focus and principles
Topic Executive Secretary, Juracy Bahia.
Former CEE Coordinator, Mara Lau.
Topic President, David Kornfield.
Muller, a pioneer of Topic Brasil, moved to Africa and now is helping to build Topic there.
Ari, Juracy, Lowell, Eliza, Walter, John, Josadak, Osmar and João.
275 persons enrolled
123 persons active
40 persons committed
“We are a Brazilian Alliance of Trainers of Pastors"
“Each church with an Equipped and Maturing Pastoral Leader"
“An EMPL in each church"
“To enable the equipping of pastoral leaders by strengthening, improving and increasing training networks"
(PCCP - Baptist Pastor’s Program for Continued Capacitation)
Those with fewer opportunities
Ariovaldo and Lowell
Eliza, Mara, Michael, Samuel, Josadak, Ari and Lowell
In 2003, CEE worked for six days with 22 trainers, using two modules: one about eight competencies of an EMPL, and the other about the first of these competencies, “Relationship with God”.
Under CEE leadership, 12 participants worked on how to develop a module that trains in an experiential manner (Petrópolis, 2004).
Principles (p. 6)
Selection Discipler Disciple Follow-up
Selection: (1) With criteria that help identify in whom to invest.
God as the source and focus of our formation. This includes:
(2) The Holy Spirit as the Master Teacher. There should be flexibility and discernment to allow the Holy Spirit to teach and reveal what He wishes.
(3) The Word of God as our foundation and principal tool.
A discipler/mentor/pastoral leader. This person should be characterized by being:
(4) Relational, having a committed and personal relationship with the EMPL, be it individually and/or in a small group, connecting with both the leaders´ life and ministry.
(5) An example: being a model or living demonstration of what he wants to teach.
(6) A facilitator: enabling people to learn (and teach), through personal discovery, what most interests them.
(7) Contextual: adapting the instruction according to the maturity, ability, situation and needs of the participants.
The disciple. This includes:
(8) Active participation, with interactive methods and material that stimulate participation.
(9) Competence: growing in character (being), ability (doing) and knowledge (knowing).
(10) Teachable: the desire and commitment to always be growing, searching for learning opportunities.
The learning process. This includes:
(11) Evaluation: Based on the EMPL’s personal and ministerial growth, rooted in self-evaluation and enhanced by the perspective of those to whom he ministers, his peers and his instructor/mentor/discipler.
(12) Small groups: experiential, interactive training, developed in the context of reflection and shared assessment.
(13) Transferable concepts: simple enough to be easily remembered, used and passed on to others.
Follow-up: (14) Designing steps for putting what is learned into practice after the training event.
1) Vision and determination (persistence in spite of obstacles)
2) Concepts, philosophy and modules
3) The accumulated ministerial and training experience of our associates
4) Our networks throughout Brazil
5) Diversity – with consequent richness of cross-fertilization and relationships
6) Disposition to learn (continually), people returning to annual consultations
7) Veterans, a committed and competent nucleus
8) Formal legal organization of TOPIC Brazil
1) Raising a vision of a new training philosophy – with key concepts such as mentoring and adult education principles
2) Developing and multiplying (weekend) modules for training pastoral leaders.
3) Exploring new training methods – distance learning, radio, internet, videos
4) Stimulating reflection on pastoral training through forums and research
5) Mobilizing and networking trainers of pastors in Portuguese-speaking countries
6) Offering concrete services to pastoral trainers such as in designing training modules and making tools more available.
7) Encouraging and enabling trainers in sharing their knowledge and experience.
8) Raising denominational and organizational awareness of the importance, value and need for pastoral training.
For more details about Topic Brasil, access www.topicbrasil.org
Come join us in our fifth yearly consultation - March 30 to April 2, 2006 – in São Paulo!