Jesus stated: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Therefore beg the Lord of the harvest to cast out workers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38).
Every community and nation has under-reached or unreached people in need of hearing about and experiencing God’s transforming love. But people marginalized due to race, social class, language, lifestyle, or legal status often reach the conclusion that God is against them and that they are not welcome in the Church. Tierra Nueva’s mission has always highlighted recruiting and equipping people to bring good news to the excluded, forgotten and under-reached.
The People’s Seminary (TPS) offers training in contextual Bible study and theology together with tried and tested ministry and spiritual practices rooted in active solidarity with people on the margins. We are called to active, regular involvement in hands-on ministry in our particular Tierra Nueva “vineyard”, from which the “wine” of our teaching comes. We are committed to bringing together serious study and teaching of Scripture, empowerment and gifts of the Holy Spirit with social justice and reconciliation. Word, Spirit and Street-oriented approaches belong together to proclaim the Gospel that has the power to save.
The People’s Seminary offers training through on-site courses in Burlington, Washington, and through our Certificate in Transformational Ministries at the Margins (CTMM) in Burlington, London, Glasgow, Jersey and Seoul, and other learning sites. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending or hosting a CTMM cohort in your area.
In addition to the CTMM, Bob and Gracie Ekblad have an active international ministry, offering TPS workshops, seminars and retreats around the world. For more information about each of these programs, click the appropriate tab at the top of this page. For example, we offer an online mission course in French that you can receive through the Bible et Mission tab. Bob Ekblad also teaches for The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and Westminster Theological Centre.
The People’s Seminary is working to develop online training resources that ministry workers who come from the margins can access. These resources will become increasingly available on the Street Theology tab.
From Bob and Gracie in Tanzania, January 2018.