Humanly speaking, well qualified, trained and empowered leaders are the fuel that drives a church planting movement. Of the more than 4200 PCA pastors, only a small percentage is Hispanic. The Hispanic leadership void in the PCA must be addressed if we want to see a church planting movement become a reality.
MNA Hispanic American Ministries is committed to leadership development by:
- recruiting potential leaders
- assisting committed candidates during their ministry preparation
- placing trained leaders into suitable opportunities.
Our hope is to see a growing number of new leaders being trained, equipped and empowered to serve the booming Hispanic demographic in the United States and Canada. The Barnabas Initiative for Hispanic Leadership Development is our comprehensive long term strategy to see the total annual number of Hispanic PCA pastors and church planters grow in a self-perpetuating way.
As a result of extensive networking and recruiting in local churches, para-church ministries and college campuses, we want to build a large pool of Hispanic ministry candidates. Candidates will have meaningful opportunities to interact with Hispanic pastors and church planters, explore their sense of calling, learn about the PCA, and be exposed to healthy congregations, church plants and networks.
Since we expect that our new pool of candidates will include men who would not ordinarily be able to navigate the traditional ministerial training system, we will not rely on the traditional seminaries alone to prepare them for the Gospel ministry. Candidates will have access to culturally sensitive and Spanish language innovative models and strategies for ministerial training, such as the mentor/apprentice-based, competency-oriented, biblical and theological training program offered by LAMP Theological Seminary.