The Need: The recruitment and retention of qualified English, Bilingual, and Spanish-speaking ministers within the Assemblies of God is an important goal and challenge. Many LABI students have been called to serve as ministers and are seeking to satisfy the academic requirements to serve within our Southern Pacific District. Still others are seeking to return to their home regions and their respective Assemblies of God Districts (AG). A few of our students have aspirations to seek ministerial credentials within a denomination that is in harmony with the AG.
The New MRCP Office: As part of LABI’s effort to provide exceptional resource and guidance to our prospective, current students, and alumni, LABI College is launching the Office of Ministerial Resources and Career Planning (MRCP). This important office will be launched immediately and will include the exploration of articulation agreements (across all AG districts), curriculum needs, recruitment, and work with other denominational office that may be in harmony with the AG. The office will also house the new “Pastoral Training and Retreat Center” (PTRC). The PTRC is designed to train, equip, and provide workshops, resources and conferences “free of charge” to local pastors (AG and Non AG).
Accreditation: The new MCP office will also help with our accreditation efforts. There is an expectation that we provide guidance and resources to our students and graduates in terms of their ministerial goals that are built off of their LABI experiences, training, and education.
The New MRCP Dean: LABI College has identified and appointed a candidate for the position of Dean, Office of Ministerial Career Planning. As such Rev. Victor Mendez, will begin his appointment on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. Rev. Mendez is well versed in credentialing processes within the Assemblies of God, is a former President of LABI College, and has taught and trained hundreds of LABI and LATS graduates over the years. Rev. Victor Mendez comes with exceptional skills, training, and leadership to help build and oversee this office. As you see, speak with or meet with Rev. Mendez, please thank him for his past contributions and for helping to lead this important office for the College.
Marty Harris, PhD
Dr. Marty Harris, President