Marcos has served with the ScholarLeaders Vital SustainAbility Initiative since 2016. Since 1998, he has worked at South American Theological Seminary in Londrina, Brazil as a full-time teacher and in many administrative positions, including as President from 2006 to 2010. Marcos is also an Evaluator of Theological Institutions and Courses for the Brazilian Department of Education. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He received a LeaderStudies scholarship for his PhD at Fuller. He and his wife Patricia have two children.

A Basic Checklist: Planning for the Coming Term

Educational Model for the Next Semester (or Two) Notes: For US colleges this fall, Inside Higher Education has described 15 possibilities for reopening – three main categories with variations (eg, delayed starts, hybrid approaches, etc) Resume normal teaching on campus (with enhanced..... read more

Further Questions Concerning the Pandemic’s Financial Impact

The following questions can help school leaders analyze issues related to finances as they meet with their management teams, Board, and donors  Communication During the crisis, how have you communicated with your senior leadership team, faculty, staff, and Board about the school’s..... read more

Further Questions Concerning Online Learning During and After the Pandemic

Near-term: The following questions relate primarily to the coming term as schools transition into the next phase of pandemic-inflected reality For many, this term will mean temporary approaches that enhance the initial emergency response but are not yet fully designed online programs Which..... read more

Further Questions Concerning Pastoral Care During and After the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has added considerable stress across every aspect of the theological school, including the community’s spiritual and emotional well-being As leaders, we not only provide vision and management for the institution, but we also contribute to creating an environment of care for..... read more

Links for Further Reading

Spring/Summer 2020 Situation “Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Moving from Desperation to Hope in Theological Education” outlines the current state of theological education in the midst of the crisis, with special attention to schools located in the Majority World It also points to..... read more

The Relevance of Systems in the Administration of Theological Schools

Schools need systems to function, but not all institutions have had an opportunity to develop them in ways that serve the mission of the school The following summarizes three primary systems required for effective administration as well as links and suggestions for free or low cost, readily..... read more

Theological Education: A Delicate Enterprise

Introduction Economics are always a problem for theological schools in the Majority World due to various historical, cultural, and structural issues In addition, factors such as lack of resources, little financial support from churches, and enrollment of mostly poor students make the management..... read more