In 2006, Revd Dr David Peterson, one of the authors of the Moore College Correspondence Course (from Sydney, Australia), taught in some seminaries in Cuba.
He was deeply impressed by the theological needs of Cuba, and the hunger for good biblical training. He therefore brokered an agreement for Cuba para Cristo to introduce MOCLAM (the course in Spanish) into Cuba.
We began by inviting two select groups of pastors to the training, where they were taught in week long intensives (of two modules each).
We had key requirements for each course – requirements which have restricted the growth of the course in Cuba, but ensured that it continues to be something which trains people well.
These requirements were:
- The training we support is to ‘train the trainers’. Therefore we sought commitment, as far as is possible, over the whole 18 modules.
- To show those trained were training others, we monitored who they taught, and sought to support them in this.
- We also required these pastors to take the MOCLAM exams. These have proven very rigorous, but actually have been a source of real encouragement as pastors have been stretched more than ever before. One person, a lecturer in Old Testament, acknowledges that “70% of what he teaches” is from what he’s learnt through MOCLAM.
- Our final requirement was that every intensive includes people from different denominations. Our aim is to promote gospel unity through the study of God’s word together.
The maps below show how the course has developed over these years.
Some useful observations include:
- We have not advertised or promoted this course in any way in Cuba. All expansion has been through word of mouth, and people asking the Cuban tutors for support
- Several seminaries from different denominations have adopted the modules as core curricula for their teaching
- The gospel unity we’ve seen – in spite of wide ranging theological diversity of denominations – has been a joy to behold.
- Sadly (and making no judgment whatsoever) we have seen substantial numbers drop out because of emigration. This is by far the largest reason for people stopping studying, and has even impacted on one third of the tutors who have been teaching the courses over the years (This is an urgent plea to support the church in Cuba, and encourage pastors there to remain)