The book Theology for the people which explains Theology; Evangelist; Christion missions; Brazil; Devine calling; God’s purpose; Pastors was written by John Barry Dyer.
This book is about my experience as a theological educator in Brazil and how this was used to transform churches in that country through the equipping of ordinary church members.
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Brazilian evangelical churches often depend on their pastors to do everything and in turn their pastors exercise a kind of managerial role over the flock. In Brazil, it is often only the pastor who can baptise or preside at the Lord’s Supper. This becomes complicated when churches find themselves without a pastor for long periods at a time. Even in the general running of the church its members are sometimes restricted to the role of onlookers with a sense of admiration and frustration as the pastor takes charge.
In this book, I look at the theology behind this and, also, share examples of how this tendency to focus on the pastor as the centre of gravity within the local church was challenged through the creation of courses of theological education by extension, resulting in the equipping of ordinary Christians for their God-given vocation on the frontline of Christian mission. This explains Theology; Evangelist; Christion missions; Brazil; Devine calling; God’s purpose; Pastors.
About Author : John Barry Dyer
I have written several books, two of which have already been published by Kingdom Publishers. I am a retired Baptist Minister having served with the Baptist Missionary Society in Brazil for 33 years in the areas of church development and theological education. I am married to Maria, and we have one son, João Marcos, and two grandchildren, Aurora and Luís João.
Chapter 1: Lay Training in Southern Brazil – Context and Issues
Chapter 2: The Development of a Lay Training Programme
Chapter 3: Two Case Studies
Chapter 4: Towards an Applied Theology for Lay Training in Southern Brazil
Chapter 5: Future Directions for Lay Training in Brazil