Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry

January 27, 2015

Earlier this month, I traveled to Guatemala. Although I enjoyed the trip immensely (especially the tasty food and beautiful landscape of mountains and volcanoes), my primary goal was not entertainment. Instead, I hoped to help my Guatemalan Baptist brothers and sisters by sharing some lessons I've learned as a student, scholar, teacher, and practitioner of communication concepts and skills.

The conference for Guatemalan Baptist pastors and church leaders occurs twice a year as part of a partnership Churchnet has with Guatemalan Baptists. I spoke on the topics of "Communication as Foundational," "Sermon Delivery," and "Using Social Media." The sessions went well and sparked some interesting question-and-answer times. While many pastors better trained in theology and ministry than me have previously led many sessions, I was thankful for the opportunity to offer my own area of expertise.

I also went in hopes of helping share some stories of Guatemalan Baptists with Christians in the United States. Since it's important we see the Kingdom as transcending arbitrary national borders, we need to learn about the faith of those in other contexts. Ethics Daily ran a piece today that comes as part of my effort to tell about what I saw and heard. The article is titled "Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry." The photo above that I took in Quetzaltenango ran with the article.

Today's article includes comments from my Churchnet colleague and friend Gary Snowden, who has been to Guatemala numerous times. Snowden also created a Spanish version of the article to share with people in Guatemala and elsewhere. Also featured in today's article is Otto Echeverria, president of the Convención de Iglesias Bautista de Guatemala (Convention of Baptist Churches in Guatemala). You can also watch a video I shot of Echeverria (that was edited by my Ethics Daily colleague and friend Cliff Vaughn). I look forward to sharing more stories soon at both Ethics Daily and Churchnet.