A Case Study in Equipping Preliterate Quichua Pastors and Church Leaders in Southern Ecuador for Biblical Counseling
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This project explores the need and opportunity for establishing biblical counseling in any context, regardless of literacy. Chapter 1 explains that this project was implemented among the Highland Quichua of Southern Ecuador. Chapter 2 discusses the theological basis for equipping pastors and church leaders in biblical counseling based on three biblical texts: 1 Peter 5:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7; and Acts 20:18-35. Chapter 3 interacts with theoretical and practical issues involved in equipping Quichua pastors and church leaders in biblical counseling, arguing that biblical counseling can be implemented among preliterate because the Bible’s original recipients formed a largely oral society. Chapter 4 explains the process of implementing the project, including pre and post-training interviews, the development and teaching of a curriculum, and the preparation of a long-term ministry plan. Chapter 5 provides reflections on the project outcome, including strengths and weaknesses and areas to change for future implementation of like projects.