SIM offers distance-learning theological doctorate in Guatemala.

By February 4, 2004

Guatemala (SIM/MNN)–The world’s first program for a distance-learning Doctorate in Theological Education opened in Guatemala last month.

SIM missionary Dr. Carlyle Dewey, who serves at the Central American Theological Seminary, says the eight men and women who enrolled in the program represent key educational institutions throughout Latin America.

All are involved in training leaders for the church in Latin America. They are sent by the various ministries where they serve with the understanding that they will be granted at least half of their time to work on their studies. In return, the seminary promises that the studies are specifically relevant to their respective ministries.

The doctoral program consists of five semesters of course work plus a thesis. Each semester requires 16 weeks of reading and Internet interaction followed by a three-week residence at the Central American Theological Seminary in Guatemala.

The seminary initiated a Doctor of Ministry program in 2001 in cooperation with Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas.

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