Moving Toward Christ-Centered Preaching in Ecuador

Kevin Halloran | December 15, 2015

“This is truly a miracle,” said the group of church leaders, pastors, and spouses in Ecuador. The opportunity to receive expository preaching training had helped them cross denominational lines.

As an international trainer for Leadership Resources International (LRI), I witnessed a gathering in May that fostered Christian unity among believers from churches in Portoviejo, Ecuador. A ministry that equips and encourages pastors around the world, LRI gathered 25 ministers for instruction on how to proclaim and apply the gospel with greater skill.

Although 94 percent of Ecuadorians claim Christianity, only 8 percent are evangelical. Portoviejo—less than 20 miles from Ecuador’s Pacific coast—is no exception. Even with many churches in this tranquil city of about 225,000 people, the state of the pulpit is far from ideal.

The widespread lack of expository preaching has resulted in legalism, with certain doctrines being overemphasized at the expense of others. Moreover, pastors and churches have remained isolated from one another due to denominational and theological differences.

Vision for the City

The training event in May followed years of prayer from Alexander and Oscar Paul, two key church leaders in Portoviejo. These next-door neighbors and intimate friends serve as co-pastors in a church and colleagues at a local seminary.

Both have been trained in biblical exposition through LRI’s Training National Trainers (TNT) program the…

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