As the pastor of a vibrant Latino congregation in Norwalk, California, Pastor Miguel Martinez was faced with a seemingly simple decision. Equipped with a seminary degree and homiletics training, he questioned the value of attending a TLI workshop for diaspora pastors amid his busy schedule. Little did he realize that his decision to join the workshop would initiate a beautiful journey, growing from a participant to a facilitator. This experience not only enriched his understanding of the Bible and ministry but also empowered him to equip others on a similar path.
Focused on the Word
Pastor Miguel reflects on TLI's unique training structure, which centers on biblical exposition. "In this training, you really look at the text and draw out a message from it," he shares. TLI's emphasis on expository preaching has captivated him, offering a focused and structured way to navigate through Scripture.
Built on Relationships
TLI fosters interpersonal connections that go beyond the confines of a workshop. Pastor Miguel highlights the invaluable face-to-face interactions and immediate feedback received during workshops. The camaraderie formed is akin to a "boxing gym," where ideas are debated, fostering friendships based on a shared love for Scripture.
Equipped for Ministry
The training's impact extends beyond the individual, influencing Pastor Miguel's teaching in his own ministry. These workshops have helped shape his Wednesday night Bible studies and allow him to equip his congregation with invaluable interpretive skills. The training's efficiency in teaching how to read and convey the Bible's message has equipped him for a broader teaching ministry.
Centered on Christ
Connecting isolated Bible passages to the grand narrative of Scripture, TLI encourages a holistic understanding of God's Word. Pastor Miguel describes the revelation experienced by students as the Bible comes alive, emphasizing the consistent authorship of the Holy Spirit throughout.
United in Christ
The universal quality of the Bible breaks cultural barriers, a truth Pastor Miguel witnessed within the patriarchal structures of Latino culture. TLI's emphasis on biblical authority, breaking free from age, social status, or accomplishment, unifies diverse groups of pastors. The equalizing power of Scripture becomes a catalyst for understanding and unity.
Passed on to Others
Inspired by the beauty and power of God's Word, Pastor Miguel now contemplates, "Who can I train next? I think it's biblically mandated to make disciples who make disciples." TLI's efficient teaching methodology has provided him with finely tuned tools to efficiently share the beauty, depth, and complexity of Scripture.
We invite you to hear Pastor Miguel's full testimony encapsulated in the video "Experiencing Exposition: A Pastor's Journey with TLI."