Based on material from the local seminary SETECA, AGAPE has developed a four year program for church leaders in the rural Ixil region. This curriculum is designed to provide each student with a strong understanding of Biblical theology and leadership, along with the ability to administrate and grow their respective communities.
To maximize impact, AGAPE offers their program in three towns simultaneously. Though the towns chosen are as centralized as possible, both the students and teachers have to travel hours over Guatemala’s mountainous terrain for the monthly courses. The level of dedication shown by the students has been incredible, with only a handful having ever dropped out of the program since its initiation.
Once a group of students have finished the curriculum, AGAPE’s teachers continue to follow up with them on a rotating monthly basis for an additional two years. This allows AGAPE to both serve its alumni while simultaneously starting new branches of the monthly program in new towns.
Upon graduation, each student is awarded a diploma in Biblical Studies, and is well equipped to lead their communities. This is in no small part due to the stress the program places on the importance of cooperation and reconciliation in fostering growth.