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“Pastoral health affects church health; church health affects societal health” 
Ramesh Richard

General

What is the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

The purpose of the Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean (GProLATAM&CARIB Congress) is to connect, unite and strengthen trainers of pastors in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This unique and historic GProCongress is a major part of a human capital campaign towards faster delivery of better training for more pastors at lower cost worldwide.

The Congress is built on the belief that pastoral health is systematically enhanced by better delivery of more pastoral training with coordinated follow-up. Healthy pastors lead healthier churches, and healthier churches are more able to reach their communities for Christ. The measurable outcome of the Congress is 50,000 connected, united and strengthened pastors and 5,000 more pastoral trainers ministering in the Latin American and Caribbean region by 2022.

This specialized gathering will fulfill its purpose by providing opportunities to Build Community, Explore Opportunity, Discover Resources and Exchange Encouragement. To carry momentum created by the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress into the future, attendees will commit to training, on average, 50 pastors a year for the following two years (2020-2022).

For more information, please click here.

When will the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress take place?

October 12-16, 2020
Follow-up: October 17, 2020 – 2022

Where will the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress take place?

The GProLATAM&CARIB Congress will take place at The Westin Playa Bonita Panama Hotel outside of Panama City, Panama.  Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Playa Bonita Panama is a picturesque location offering room views of the sea or the jungle. It boasts 67,000-plus square feet of meeting space conveniently located on the lobby and mezzanine levels. For more information, click here.

Why Panama City?

Hospitality and centrality are two hallmarks of Panama City. The country of Panama is located in the heart of Latin America and the Caribbean, making it easily accessible thanks to its international airport, Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen Panamá/Tocumen Panama International (PTY). Panama offers affordable conference facilities with all the necessary technological amenities and a history of successfully hosting international events.

Host, Convener and Participants

Who is the host/organizer of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

The host and organizer of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress is RREACH (Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health). For the history of RREACH’s pastoral training efforts, click here.

Who is the convener of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

The convener is Dr. Ramesh Richard, founder and president of RREACH. He is a theologian-evangelist, philosopher-expositor and educator-author. Dr. Richard holds a ThD (in Systematic Theology) from Dallas Theological Seminary and PhD (in Philosophy) from the University of Delhi. He serves as Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. For a complete bio, click here.

How many participants are expected at the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

RREACH envisions up to 500 trainers of pastors attending the Global Proclamation Congress. This historic event hopes to gather the most effective trainers of pastors ministering in all of the Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Who should apply to attend the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

The GProLATAM&CARIB Congress is for any servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who is committed to accelerating Church health worldwide by involvement or interest in the training of pastors anywhere and in every possible way, whether through non-formal, formal or informal settings.

Click here to see the profile of delegates.

How can I stay updated on GProLATAM&CARIB Congress news?

Please follow updates on our website at www.GProCongress.org.

Program

When will the program be available?

The program will be updated regularly, please check the website for updates. As the nature of the program is dynamic, its design, strategy, content and speakers will continue to evolve until finalized. 

The program will comprise different sessions, namely prayer/exposition, plenary, panel, parallel and action plans/commitments.

What are the differences between the types of sessions?
  • Prayer/exposition: These sessions will lead into each day as participants are taught from Scripture and pray through the application of the day’s teachings in their lives.
  • Plenary sessions: All participants will attend these sessions together. Three of the six plenary sessions move participants through the GProCongress statement “Pastoral Health Affects Church Health. Church Health Affects Societal Health.” The other three plenary sessions offer biblically-based inspiration on relevant themes.
  • Panel sessions: These sessions discuss macro issues relevant to pastoral training and provide participants with differing perspectives.
  • Parallel sessions: These “workshop” sessions are moderated by experienced leaders and selected day hosts with three outputs: 1) Relevant worst and best practices; 2) Beginning a community of interest around specific issues; and 3) An expandable resource toolkit on the issue. 
  • Action plans/Commitments: This is a period of planning during which participants are encouraged to work on their action plans for training on average up to 50 pastoral leaders per year for the following two years, in keeping with GProLATAM&CARIB Congress goals. Some will be able to train two, others 20 or 200, or even 2,000 pastoral leaders! Personal coaches, accountability partners and reporting systems will be encouraged during this part of the program.
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Registration

How do I register for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

To register, visit here.

Is there an age restriction to attend the Congress?

All registrants must be 18 years of age by January 1, 2020. Therefore, no one born after January 1, 2002, is eligible to attend the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress as a participant. There is no upper-age restriction to attend the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

What languages is registration available in?

Online registration is available in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

When I tried to submit my registration payment, something went wrong and I was redirected to a page that said the event could not be found. What happened?

It is possible your secure session timed out. To ensure maximum efficiency for your registration, please complete the process as quickly as is reasonable so that your session does not “time out.” Once you complete your registration, you will receive an email confirmation from GProLATAM&CARIB Congress.

I am having a problem with the registration process. What should I do?

Please send an email to us here describing the problem. If possible, also include a screenshot or screen capture of any error messages to help us pinpoint the cause and provide a solution. Be sure to include your name, the date you applied, and any other information that might be helpful.

How much is the registration fee and what does it include?

The registration fee for each participant will be $395.00 USD.

For those who register early (before March 18), the registration fee will be $295.00 USD. For those who wish to register onsite (after October 9, 2020), the registration fee will be $495.00 USD.

The registration fee includes:

  • 5-day admission to all programs and events 
  • Twin-sharing accommodation (you will be assigned a room with a fellow Congress delegate) 
  • Transportation between airport and hotel/venue
  • Congress materials
  • All meals
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Registration Payment

What forms of payment do you accept?

Payment may be made via credit card, wire transfer or Paypal. 

What currencies can I make my payment in?

All registration payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

Can I pay my registration fee on-site?

Yes, visit here for more details.

I want to attend, but cannot afford the registration fee. Can RREACH subsidize my cost?

RREACH is unable to subsidize as the total cost for each delegate exceeds registration costs. 

Are discounts are available?

Dallas GProAcademy and national GProAcademy graduates of RREACH will enjoy a $50.00 USD discount to their registration costs. For more information, contact a member of the recruitment team listed here.

I can’t participate for the whole time. Can I register for just a few days at a reduced rate?

Delegates are strongly encouraged to participate for the whole duration of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress. If that is not possible, you may come for the daily rate of $200.00 USD. Full details on what the day pass does and does not include, please click here.

What is your refund policy?

There will be no refund for any registration fees paid. 

I am registered, but cannot attend. What should I do?

Please contact us here with your cancellation request.

I’ve paid my registration fee, and now cannot attend. Can I transfer my registration payment to another person?

The registration policy does not include a transfer option.

What are the important dates for payment of registration fees for the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

The Early Registration rate of $295.00 USD is effective until March 18, 2020. The Registration fee of $395.00 USD is effective March 19, 2020, through October 9, 2020. The onsite rate of $495.00 USD is effective October 10, 2020, through October 16, 2020.  Please note these prices are for twin sharing. A single room is an additional $400.00 USD and subject to availability.

Can my spouse attend?

Spouses may participate as delegates if they are actively involved in pastoral training or are pastoral training aspirants. See criteria here.

Can my other family members attend?

All attendees will document proven pastoral training experience and connections to their respective organizations or denominations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Therefore, no attendee may bring guests, including family members, who do not meet the critical criteria. All attendees will commit to training, on average, 50 pastors each year over the following two years.

When will I receive my GProLATAM&CARIB Congress materials, such as badge, Congress handbook, etc.?

All Congress materials will be provided on the first day of the Congress. 

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Lodging

Do I have to pay for lodging?

No, all registered delegates of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress will have lodging provided for them.

Which hotel(s) are being used for Congress accommodation?

The Westin Playa Bonita Panama Hotel is the designated host for both accommodation and all Congress-related events. 

Am I guaranteed to get the roommate I requested?

No. Congress organizers will do their best to honor roommate requests. The best way to ensure you are placed with your requested roommate is for that delegate to also request you as his/her roommate. 

How will you determine my roommate?

Room assignment is on a first come, first served basis. Delegates will be assigned a roommate of the same gender by Congress administrators.

I would prefer to room alone. Is that an option?

Yes, once accepted, a delegate may indicate in their registration that theyd like to pay an additional $400.00 USD for a single room. Please note that single rooms are subject to availability. 

I want to stay at the home of a friend in Panama City instead of in Congress accommodation. Can I do that? Will I be charged less for doing so?

It is not mandatory to stay at the arranged Congress hotel, but because lodging is provided by the Congress organizers, opting not to stay in Congress accommodation will not lower your registration fee. Also, please note that you will be responsible for your transportation to and from the Westin Playa Bonita Panama Hotel for all Congress events. Please alert Congress organizers of your plans by contacting us here.

I will be driving to the Congress. Where can I park?

Free private parking is possible for those staying at the hotel for the Congress. Please call the hotel in advance to make arrangements (+507 304-6600). 

What voltage are the outlets in Panama?

The voltage in Panama is 110.

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Travel

Do I need a travel visa to visit Panama?

Information to be made available soon. 

What other documentation will I need to travel to Panama?

Information to be made available soon.

Is there financial assistance for travel to the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

RREACH is unable to offer financial assistance for travel.

Once I’m in Panama City, how will I get around? Do I need to rent a car?

The Congress will provide airport pickup and dropoff to and from The Westin Playa Bonita Panama hotel. Please note that the hotel is the host for both Congress lodging and all Congress events. All non-Congress related travel will have to be arranged and paid for by the participants themselves.

By what time do I need to arrive at the Congress venue and at what time should I plan to depart?

You must arrive at Tocumen International Airport by 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2020.  

  • If your flight schedule does not permit you to land on Monday, October 12, 2020, before 12:00 p.m., instead plan to arrive the day before and spend the night in Panama City. This extra night’s lodging is not included in the registration price. There are some affordable hotel options in Panama City. 
  • The GProLATAM&CARIB Congress venue, The Westin Playa Bonita Panama Hotel, is located approximately one and a half hours away from the airport by bus. This transportation to and from the airport will be arranged and paid for by RREACH. More information about transportation schedules will be available in the future.

After the close of the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress, the first buses to depart the Congress venue for the airport will leave at 4:30 p.m. It is suggested that you take into account the travel time (1.5 hours) and any airport requirements when scheduling your departing flight for the evening of Friday, October 16, 2020.

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At the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress

What is the dress code?

We recommend formal attire for the opening and closing ceremonies and smart casual for the rest of the program sessions. While most of the convention center is air-conditioned, Panama City is warm and humid year round with a rainy season that runs May through November. Please pack accordingly.

Are any meals provided during the GProLATAM&CARIB Congress?

Yes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided daily for all delegates at The Westin Playa Bonita Panama Hotel during the Congress. 

I have a food allergy, what provision will there be for me?

Unfortunately, Congress organizers can’t guarantee an alternative will be available for you. We encourage you to contact the hotel (+507 304-6600) prior to your arrival to make individual arrangements at your own cost. Those with severe food allergies should plan to bring their own food. 

What is the local currency?

The local currency is the U.S. dollar. It is recommended to carry U.S. currency with you. 

Will there be a place to exchange currency?

Further information on currency exchange services to be provided soon.

Can I bring a friend, family member or my child with me to a session if that person is not a registered delegate of the Congress?

No. Only registered delegates with badges will be allowed into Congress-related activities and venues.

What will be the Congress language? Will there be interpretation?

The primary languages of the Congress are Spanish, Portuguese and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in those languages as well. 

Will I have time to explore Panama City?

While delegates will be kept busy at this “working” Congress, we encourage you to extend your stay (at your own expense) for up to three days before and/or after the Congress at a discounted Congress room rate to enjoy this lovely city. Please contact the hotel to make arrangements (+507 304-6600). 

My organization would like to schedule a meeting during the Congress. How do I do that?

Please contact us here for more information.  

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Affirmations

"The GProCongress [in 2016] was a huge shift for the ministry. I went from focusing on training pastors to focusing on training more trainers. Because of this, the number of pastors we have trained has [since] tripled."

Pastor J, Venezuela

"​Blessings ​and thank you for the ministry of the GProCommission! ​N​ow I am about to start building a new church and the resources you shared have helped me to create a work plan and organize the leadership!"

Pastor R, Costa Rica

“Our God knows how great and deep I was touched and encouraged by the Congress in Bangkok. Since I got back from the GProCongress, my biggest impression was to have realized that out of the 2.4 million presently pastors, only 5 percent are trained. Then I asked God, ‘What could I do from my third-world perspective to be part of the solution?’ The answer: Entrust the Gospel to reliable men and instruct them to be qualified to teach others."

Pastor C, Cuba