Hispanic pastors & leaders receive training
David Raúl Lema Jr., Baptist Press
June 21, 2011

Hispanic pastors & leaders receive training

Hispanic pastors & leaders receive training
David Raúl Lema Jr., Baptist Press
June 21, 2011


than 120 Hispanic Southern Baptists pastors and leaders participated in a joint

training in Spanish June 13 at the Phoenix

Convention Center prior to the

Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

The “SBC Avanze Hispano” (SBC

Hispanic Advance) was coordinated by Hispanic liaison staff of the

International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and LifeWay Christian


Hispanic leaders presented two conferences for men and two for women on the

topic of church transformation.

In the men’s sessions, Hispanic ministries pastor Ramon Medina of Champion

Forest Baptist Church

in Houston, summarized the book “Transformational

Church: Creating a new scorecard

for congregations” by Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer. Medina

spoke from his experience in applying the book’s principles in the context and

daily life of his church.

Jason Carlisle of the International Mission Board’s Hispanic mobilization team,

addressed the topic “El Problema de la Iglesia en Jerusalen” (The Problem of

the Jerusalem Church).

Carlisle urged participants to act on the Great

Commission and lead their churches to make a difference.

“The church where I am has only 80 members but it is sending missionaries to Senegal

every three months,” Carlisle said before listing

strategic steps that churches can take to become missional.

The women’s conferences were “Conectadas Para Transformar” (Connected for

Transformation) led by Mirsa Amaro of Phoenix

and “La Mujer: Un Recurso de Dios Para las Naciones”

(Women: A Resource from God for the Nations) led by Gloria Londoño of Union

Baptist Association in Houston.

Amaro challenged the women to “connect” and thereby transform their personal

relationship with God, “grow” into a higher level of discipleship, “serve” the

church more effectively and “tell” the people in their field of influence the

story of Jesus.

Londoño’s conference provided an overview of the role women have played in the

life of Jesus, in Hebrew culture, in the history of the church and in modern

missions. Londoño underscored the need for trans-cultural missionaries who are

in high demand particularly for people in Muslim regions of the world.

Arturo Nuñez, a NAMB church planter from Joplin,

Mo., closed the training with a personal


The love of God has been made manifest in that community struck by disaster,

Nuñez said. “The church plant is still going on.”

Nuñez challenged fellow pastors to “come to Missouri

to help us in whatever way you can in the effort of rebuilding.” Those wishing

to help with volunteers or support can contact Nuñez by email at

[email protected].

(EDITOR’S NOTE – David Raúl Lema Jr. is a Miami-based Hispanic correspondent

for Baptist Press.)