We do this primarily through the training and equipping of Christian leaders and pastors within the best of the Wesleyan theological tradition with a clear focus on both holiness of heart and life or inward and outward holiness. This has resulted in the formation of the Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela, the United Methodist Church of Venezuela, The Wesley Medical Center, the Una Esperanza ministry with at risk women and children, the Casa Hogar Luz de Esperanza Children's Home, and dozens of other ministries and non-governmental organizations providing help and hope to the people of Venezuela.
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Vision for Ministry
The Mission statement for Venezuela Now, Inc. is simply: “Reach the Lost of Venezuela”. We do this primarily by training indigenous pastors and leaders to reach their nation for Christ. Our primary partnership is with the United Methodist Church of Venezuela which was created by students in the Seminary and holds its annual conferences on the Seminary Campus. However, we train leaders from many denominations and independent churches from across the country.
The vision is to provide an excellent, affordable and accessible Wesleyan theological education by providing a five year undergraduate degree seminary program (initiated October, 2002) in order to train Venezuelan nationals to be effective mission oriented pastors, and provide a 2.5 year Master Degree Program (initiated February, 2013).
The overarching goal is to train Venezuelan pastors to be effective mission ministers able to pastor a primary church and to plant additional congregations and social missions for the purpose of reaching the lost of Venezuela.
In the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testaments, the only written Word of God. The Scriptures are the only infallible and sufficient rule of both faith and practice. The Holy Spirit enlivens the truth of God’s Word to all people of every age.
That human beings were created in the image of God. This image was marred in every part through the disobedience of our first parents, and fellowship with God was broken by sin. God, through prevenient grace, restores moral sensibility to all humankind and enable all to respond to His redemptive love and accept his saving grace, if they will.
That Jesus Christ is God’s incarnate Son, born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He died for the sins of all, taking on Himself God’s judgment upon sin. He died and three days later bodily rose from the grave and ascended Heaven where He intercedes for us.
That the Holy Spirit is God present and active in the world. The Holy Spirit was given to believers in the Church in His fullness at Pentecost. By the Spirit, Christ lives in His church, the Gospel is proclaimed and the Kingdom of God is manifested in the world.
That believers are assured that they are children of God through the inward witness of the Holy Spirit with their spirit, receive the gracious promises of the Word to believers and are enabled to bear the fruit of the Spirit.
That Christians are called to live in daily witness to the grace of God in Christ through both faith and action, word and deed. Believers witness to the will of God for justice, righteousness and mercy in all structures and relationships of human society.
That the church is the people of God redeemed by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord sharing corporately in the proclamation of the Word and celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. The church is the Body of Christ visible and present in the world. Its primary mission is to make disciples of all the peoples of the world.
In the personal return of Jesus Christ, in the bodily resurrection of all persons, in final judgment and in eternal reward and punishment, the reign of Christ in the ultimate victory over Satan and all evil.
Then Jesus came to them. He said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end."
Those who belong to Christ Jesus are no longer under God's sentence. I am now controlled by the law of the Holy Spirit. That law gives me life because of what Christ Jesus has done. It has set me free from the law of sin that brings death.
Don't do anything only to get ahead. Don't do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves. None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others. You should think in the same way Christ Jesus does. In his very nature he was God. But he did not think that being equal with God was something he should hold on to. Instead, he made himself nothing. He took on the very nature of a servant. He was made in human form. He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death. In fact, he died on a cross. So God lifted him up to the highest place. He gave him the name that is above every name. When the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone's knee will bow to worship him. Every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow to worship him. Everyone's mouth will say that Jesus Christ is Lord. And God the Father will receive the glory.