Union Baptist Association of Houston Training Program Invests in the Lives of Hispanic Pastors

Alejandro Carrizo, pastor of Buenas Nuevas Church in Houston, guides pastors, their wives and church leaders through the four steps of the Lideres Transformadores training. Screen capture from UBA video

The Union Baptist Association (UBA) of Houston is investing in the lives of Hispanic pastors, their wives and church leaders through the training program “Lideres Transformadores,” or Transformative Leaders.

“This is not just another retreat,” Victor Marte, UBA Hispanic church consultant, told Baptist Press. “This is a two-year process that includes four retreats once every six months, and each retreat (focuses) in one of four areas of transformation.”

The pastors, pastors’ wives and church leaders who participate in the training will focus on personal growth in order to be more effective leaders, growing others through discipleship, transforming their community and transforming the world by being missionaries.

“Instead of just telling them ‘do missions’ we teach them how to get involved with the agencies that handle human trafficking in the city; Houston is a hub of this,” Marte said. “We have some members who can’t travel internationally, so we show them how to do missions at home. We show them how to work with refugees and diasporas.”

A community tour is part of the process to show participants opportunities for missions in the city. “It’s more than going to China,” Marte said. “China is here.”

Pastors also learn how to develop and discern a mission and vision, learning not only to communicate and implement their goals, but also to train leaders to help and to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation.

The program, which costs $130 to attend, has been running for more than 15 years and has trained close to 100 pastors and approximately 800 congregational leaders, consultants told BP.

“We started with just four or five pastors,” said Campo Londoño, Hispanic consultant for UBA and support pastor at Iglesia Bautista Horeb in Houston. “Not long after, we developed the training for the pastors’ wives and congregational leaders because we didn’t want the pastor to be alone in his new knowledge.”

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Source: Baptist Press

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