DIGITAL ONLINE EDUCATION VIA THE INTERNET
Taking advantage of the technological revolution and keeping pace with methodologies already in use by the international university community, online digital education allows the trainer of church leaders to reach globally and act locally. If I am teaching fifteen students who are present in my class in Miami, why not at the same time reach fifteen thousand potential pastors and leaders in any corner of the globe by beaming that class into his home or church through the internet? The solution in which CITA-EDU is actively engaged is preparing the complete Masters in Divinity seminary curriculum in Spanish, uploading it to our website in multi-media formats and offering it free to the world.
Using CITA-EDU’s online digital education the student can remain at home, keep his job and continue to grow and serve in his local church. Ideally he can seek mentoring from his pastor, or if he is already a pastor, he can continue his education even while serving. Many pastors in our network have already gathered large groups in their churches whom they are educating with CITA materials, which are available, convenient and easy to use. CITA-EDU online digital education helps to meet the need for mutually sharing resources among church leaders and denominations internationally. It allows the church to aggressively accelerate its desperate need to equip leaders and pastors with a high-quality education. Remaining appreciative of the solid foundation of conventional methods, CITA-EDU sees online digital education as the trend and the present reality for meeting the need for equipping church leaders for Spanish speakers on a large scale, locally and globally.
Our objective is to provide an academically robust and practical world view curriculum in Spanish and provide it free of charge in multi-media formats via the internet.
Second, we identify pastor/mentors throughout the world who gather, encourage and guide the students through an orderly learning process.
FULL MASTERS IN DIVINITY ACADEMIC CURRICULUM
CITA-EDU follows a syllabus for a Masters in Divinity of 90 credits translating with permission core theological courses from classical reformed seminary websites, matching contact hour requirements. We include the Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew and the department of Practical Pastoral Theology.
DISCIPLINE-MAKING ENVIRONMENT DRAWING FROM DECADES OF PASTORAL EXPERIENCE
CITA-EDU videotapes live before a diverse classroom of students from all over Latin America. This enables us to transmit through the internet the interactive dynamic among professor and students, making the educational experience more compelling. Users report high enthusiasm for this attractive feature.
CITA-EDU enters the Hispanic world as Paul did in Athens, incarnating ourselves to effectively communicate Biblical Truth in Spanish. We intentionally address issues that arise from the culture which influence the student’s understanding of the gospel. This emphasis will frequently impact the content of our courses.
CITA-EDU sees the continents of the Americas and other Spanish-speaking countries as a single mission field. Our growing network of contacts in Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, USA and Canada, etc., strengthen our effectiveness through a mutual exchange of competencies, ideas, resources and talent.
The curriculum is designed to capture the interactive dynamic of a live Spanish speaking classroom. In this environment aspiring leaders, motivated lay workers and curious seekers all find a stimulating educational and spiritual experience where the tone is respectful and pastoral.
The material is intentionally directed at the concerns, questions and misconceptions of the gospel that arise from the mindset of the students. The class videos are edited adding attractive graphics and other pedagogical aids and uploaded with nearly a full manuscript and syllabus including class schedule and plans.
CITA-EDU’s goal is to complete the catalogue of courses required for a Masters in Divinity degree at accredited reformed seminaries in the US. An additional focus will develop courses that are relevant to church development in the Hispanic American international multilingual context.
The production of CITA-EDU courses entails pre-production, production and post-production. Pre-production includes the broad academic research of the professor who prepares the syllabus and class schedule with assignments. A manuscript of the class to be taught is downloaded by permission from an accredited seminary in the US and carefully translated into Spanish by a team of translators. The final edition is revised and approved by those whose first language is Spanish. The content is shaped into an attractively presented detailed outline (virtual manuscript) and shared with the students before the class where the teaching is videotaped. The professor rehearses the class material orally, with feedback, anticipating any questions arising from the content, syntax or vocabulary. A final version of the manuscript is produced and uploaded to the web. Those studying remotely can download the syllabus and manuscript-outline to aid in following the video lecture. Locally, the set is prepared for video-taping. In the production phase, two hours are taken to tape the class live with students present interacting with the teacher. Two forty-five minute sessions for each class are taped with a coffee break in the middle. Post-production includes cutting and editing. The chief editor starts this process and delegates to contract editors whom she coaches and supervises for preparing the final version. The editors include graphics, power point and other pedagogical aids. All editors are serious Bible students and theologically trained. After final approval the class video is uploaded to the web and made available.
In order to accomplish our distribution goals, we have forged strategic relationships with local churches, presbyteries, many denominations, individual pastors, church planting agencies, educators, seminaries and other Spanish language curriculum distributors. These distributors are located throughout North America and in four other Spanish speaking countries. Although our primary transporter of materials is through our own CITA-EDU, INC. website, we have downloaded to DVD’s courses for distribution in remote areas where the internet does not reach or is subject to government restrictions.
The courses are freely accessible, and anyone is welcome to study them at their own convenience and pace. The courses are designed to be used by individuals, churches, study groups or regional training efforts. Groups offer a better learning experience.
CITA-EDU is a publisher, not an educational institution; therefore, the conscientious student is urged to find a study site or seek out his pastor as mentor.
The underlying philosophy is that church leaders and pastors can be trained in an organic disciple-making local church environment without compromising or reducing quality or scope of the content being taught.
Though not an accredited academic institution, CITA-EDU imitates the accreditation requirements of courses taught at accredited seminaries.
Local study sites are able to offer a certificate of completion for students satisfactorily completing a specified set of courses.
We upload a detailed study guide to assist the student in following the video lecture. Included on the website is a syllabus with assignments, exams and a schedule of classes.
Many of our study sites are using the latest technology for matriculating and supervising their students in the educational process.
Major denominations very satisfied with the results, are happily ordaining pastors trained in these organic settings.
CITA-EDU, INC. was envisioned by a classroom of theological students in Miami, Florida from several Latin American countries.
Some who had become Christians through the teaching, came to their professor and said, “We have never heard Christianity explained this way; we must share this comprehensive knowledge of God’s love and grace with whole world; and we know how to do it.”
Intrigued by the idea Dr. David Moran accommodated a camera in the classroom.
In 2014 application was made for the 501(c)(3) non-profit status, and CITA-EDU, INC. was established.
In February of 2017 Moran, having put together a team of these motivated students, began fulltime to create a Masters in Divinity curriculum in Spanish to share with the world via online digital education.
Today CITA-EDU recognizes dozens of local church-based study sites in eight different countries (including the USA) where church leaders and pastors are being trained
DENOMINATION: IGLESIA BETANIA REFORMADA – VILLAVICENCIO, COLOMBIA
This newly established denomination in the southwest and southern region of Colombia voted at their General Assembly in January 2018 to adopt the CITA-EDU curriculum as the official pastoral training curriculum for their denomination. They are highly organized and have opened training sites with mentors throughout the Country and in Ecuador. Their strongest study sites are located in Villavicencio and Cartagena.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CORAL SPRINGS, FL
DISCIPLINE-MAKING ENVIRONMENT DRAWING FROM DECADES OF PASTORAL EXPERIENCE
First Presbyterian, under the leadership of CITA-EDU mentor Rev. Pablo Toledo, operates a CITA-EDU training three nights a week at the church.
Students, pastors, and missionaries, in addition to being physically present, zoom in from a dozen Latin countries.
The Hispanic pastor at First Presbyterian effectively and enthusiastically networks for CITA and is responsible, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for opening doors for CITA-EDU in Cuba and northern Colombia.
He also collaborates with CITA in south Florida for identifying new Hispanic church planters and mentoring them.
THIRD MILLENIUM MINISTRIES, ORLANDO, FL
Third Millennium Ministries provides Biblical training materials on the web in six languages. CITA-EDU and Third Millennium have a written agreement for a mutual exchange of courses.
Specifically, CITA-EDU provides Masters’ level courses for the Practical Theology department of Third Millennium.
HOPE CHAPEL, MIAMI, FL
Hope Chapel, a church in the Country Walk area of southwest Miami, partners with CITA EDU in multiple ways.
Their pastor a former missionary to Colombia has opened a plethora of contacts in Colombia and Ecuador who are in turn are partnering with CITA-EDU to train new leaders.
GRANADA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CORAL GABLES, FL
Granada currently hosts the studio for CITA-EDU to video-tape live its Masters in Divinity courses. CITA has trained Granada church members who are currently serving as pastors of various denominations.
Granada is partnering with CITA to mentor and encourage those who are, in turn, mentoring CITA-EDU students in south Florida and throughout Colombia, including sponsoring trips to that country, sending its own pastoral leadership for that purpose.
LAMP – LEADERSHIP AND MINISTRY PREPARATION, BROWARD, FL
LAMP is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America that trains pastors in a local church setting using seminary courses in audio format.
CITA-EDU provided eleven Masters in Divinity courses that Lamp uses for this training in Spanish.
KEY BISCAYNE PRESBYTERIAN CURCH, KEY BISCAYNE, FL
KBPC – From its inception KPBC partnered with CITA-EDU to video-tape Masters of Divinity courses in Spanish at its facilities.
Today CITA-EDU broadcasts these courses at no cost via its website freely accessed. While pastor of KBPC, CITA’s director served the church by pastoring and equipping leaders from among Spanish and Portuguese speakers.
Board of Director
Mattew Dubocq: Chair, missionary/ pastor /educator
David Escobar: PHD seminary professor
David Moran: D. Min, pastor / equipper
Angel Justo Velazquez: Law enforcement, PCA Elder