Manual Enviados A Servir: A Guide for Christian Ministry by Otto Arango
Manual Enviados A Servir (Sent to Serve Manual) is a book written by Otto Arango, a former church planter and pastor from the Dominican Republic who was involved in a controversy over the misuse of funds from the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 2003. The book aims to provide practical and biblical guidance for those who are called to serve God in various ministries, such as evangelism, discipleship, church planting, social justice, and missions.
The book is based on the premise that all Christians are \"espÃritus ministradores\" (ministering spirits), as stated in Hebrews 1:14[^3^], and that they are sent by God to serve others for the sake of their salvation. The book covers topics such as the nature and purpose of ministry, the qualifications and responsibilities of ministers, the challenges and opportunities of ministry, and the spiritual and personal growth of ministers. The book also includes testimonies, anecdotes, and examples from Arango's own experience as a minister in different contexts and cultures.
Manual Enviados A Servir is intended for both new and experienced ministers who want to deepen their understanding and practice of ministry. It is also suitable for church leaders, seminary students, and lay people who want to learn more about the biblical and practical aspects of serving God and others. The book is written in Spanish and has not been translated into other languages.
Arango's ministry has not been without controversy. In 2006, he was accused of misusing and mismanaging funds from the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) for church planting in the Rio Grande Valley. An independent investigation revealed that many of the churches he reported as started did not exist or had closed down, and that some of the funds were used for personal expenses or unapproved purposes. Arango denied any wrongdoing and claimed that he was a victim of racial discrimination and false accusations. He filed a defamation lawsuit against the BGCT and several other Texas Baptist entities and individuals, but the suit was dismissed by a judge in 2009.
Despite the scandal, Arango continued his ministry through other avenues, such as radio programs, conferences, and books. He also founded a new organization called Enviados A Servir International Ministries, which aims to train and equip leaders for church planting and missions around the world. According to its website, the organization has partners in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, India, and China.
Arango's book Manual Enviados A Servir reflects his passion and vision for ministry. He hopes that it will inspire and challenge readers to follow God's call and serve others with love and faithfulness. He writes in the introduction: \"This manual is not a recipe or a formula for success. It is a guide that will help you discover your gifts and talents, develop your skills and abilities, and deploy your resources and opportunities for God's glory and the advancement of his kingdom.\" 061ffe29dd