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The driving force behind a church planting movement is well-prepared leaders. If we are going to reach the booming Latin American population in the USA, we need more Hispanic pastors.
Of the more than 4200 PCA pastors, only a small percentage is Hispanic. The Hispanic leadership void in the PCA must be vigorously addressed.
The Barnabas Initiative is MNA Hispanic American Ministries long term leadership development strategy. It focuses on three things:
recruiting promising candidates
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. 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.