domingo, 18 de setembro de 2016

Ministering as a Pastor in Europe - Ministrando como Pastor na Europa

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[While I was on Greece I had the privilege to know pastor Kim and his lovely family. Actually I only could go to Kalamos camp because of him who answered my e-mails and indicated me the way. I had some very interesting conversation with him about the ministry, education, seminaries, and I asked him to write me about his experience as a pastor in Europe. This text has been a inspiration for me who has seen myself the European faith scenario. Hope this text will blessing for you too.
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Enquanto eu estava na Grécia, tive o privilégio de conhecer o pastor Kim e suas adorável família. Na verdade eu só fui pra Kálamos porque ele respondeu meus emails e me indicou as pessoas com quem falar. Eu tive algumas conversas muito interessantes com ele sobre o ministério, educação, seminários, e eu pedi a ele que escrevesse sobre a suas experiência na Europa. Esse texto tem sido uma inspiração pra mim que tenho eu mesmo visto o cenário espiritual da Europa. Espero que esse texto seja uma benção pra você também. Mande esse texto para aquele seu amigo que quer ser missionário ou pastor na Europa.  Se você gostar, curta a nossa página no facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teololife

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Ministering as a Pastor in Europe - Ministrando como Pastor na Europa
by Kim Papaioannou

            My name is Kim. Though in the Americas Kim might be mostly a female name, in Europe it is usually a male name. I have served as a pastor for 14 years in three different countries in Europe, Greece, the United Kingdom, and now Cyprus. In between pastoring assignments I earned a PhD in theology and also taught theology at tertiary level.

            What is it like being a pastor in Europe?  Pastors in Europe generally are assigned fewer congregations than their counterparts in other parts of the world. Whereas a pastor in Latin America may have five or more congregations, and one in Africa, ten or more, a pastor in Europe will usually have one or two (depending on the size of the congregations) and rarely more than three. And whereas a pastor in Latin America may be responsible for the oversight of 500 or 1,000 members, a European counterpart will usually have less than 200, and often less than one hundred.