SAN ANTONIO—Unity and equipping Christians for evangelism and discipleship took the spotlight at a regional Hispanic Baptist Convocation of the Laity gathering in San Antonio.
Baldemar Borrego, president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas, stressed the importance of promoting unity among Hispanic Baptists.
“We are one brotherhood,” Borrego said. He emphasized depending on God for the individual, inner change necessary to “make a difference in the city.”
Growth in evangelism and discipleship has been a primary focus of the Hispanic Baptist Convocation of the Laity, said Rolando Lopez, associate director of missions for San Antonio Baptist Association.
Lopez urged participants at the San Antonio meeting to be effective missionaries and penetrate their communities with the gospel. He stressed the Hispanic Baptist Convocation of the Laity’s central goal is to enhance the equipping ministry of church leaders.
“We want to make men aware that they are leaders in their congregations…and to take leadership in their churches,” Lopez said.
The Hispanic Convocation of the Laity grew out of Hispanic Texas Baptist Men, but the small-group workshops on church leadership and unit offered at a regional meeting in San Antonio included one geared toward women—evidence of a growing women’s ministry movement.
The Hispanic Baptist Convocation of the Laity’s statewide meeting in September will focus on helping “pastors and churches help train the laity,” said Noah Rodríguez, local coordinator and church administrator at Primera Iglesia Bautista in San Antonio.
“One of the best things about these convocations is in the area of forming unity and communications,” he said.