The Maputo Project is a plan to plant an urban church in the Mozambican capital that will serve as a leadership training base in the country. Even though there is a sizable middle class living in Maputo today, there is not one church that is effective in making disciples among them. Ekklesia Institute's Brazilian partners are well suited in the project's church planting effort and IBC Fortaleza has been making disciples among the middle class in Fortaleza for decades. Lord permitting, this future congregation will be exemplary as a thoroughly biblical ministry. As such, it will also serve as a training base for the Ekklesia Institute to equip African pastors to multiply the disciple-making efforts in other Portuguese-speaking cities on the continent. The Maputo Project embraces church planning as well as leadership training.
Last March, the President of the Baptist Convention of Mozambique, Isaias Uaene, invited the Ekklesia Institute to organize a pastor's conference in Maputo. They were asked to teach about Understanding a Biblical Philosophy of Ministry and Pastoral Integrity. At the conference, the majority of the evangelical leaders in Maputo were present with about 150 leaders attending. TMS Graduate Tyler Hopkins (M.Div. ’96), Armando Bispo, and Sergio Queroz were the conference key speakers and delivered their messages in Portuguese.
The Maputo Project is being directed by the Ekklesia Institute, a ministry of Central Baptist Church of Fortaleza and a partner with TMAI. Over the next twenty-five years, the Ekklesia Institute seeks to train one hundred men in each of the Portuguese speaking nations of the world. Portuguese is ranked sixth among the world's languages in numbers of native speakers (well over 200 million). In Mozambique, Angola and Cabo Verde, it is the official language. So training Brazilians makes sense—not just for making disciples in South America, but for theologically equipped Brazilians to go out into other nations of the world as disciple-makers.
For more information on the Maputo Project and the Ekklesia Institute, visit www.tmai.org.
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