ROSWELL (BNM) - The Hispanic Baptist Convention of New Mexico met for its 2021 Annual Meeting at Iglesia Bautista El Calvario, Roswell, July 21-23. During the meeting the group elected new officers. The newly elected officers included Candido Renova, Brotherhood Director/Director de la Varonil; Grace Jaramillo, pianist; Ramiro Fonseca, president; Richard Gomez, administrator; Helen Leyva, UFM director; Sandra Fonseca, secretary/treasurer; Carlos Pino, editor, historian and parliamentarian; David Serrano, Christian education leader; and Saul Uribe, Spanish camp director.
Ricardo Rivera, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Hispanic strategist and Micheal Summers, the New Mexico Baptist Foundation’s vice president, both prayed for the officers who will serve and provide leadership for New Mexico’s Hispanic Baptist churches during a pivotal time in the state’s Hispanic Baptist work. Hispanic Baptist churches must find ways to be effective while New Mexico, and the nation, deal with the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the traditional and timeless needs for evangelism, ministry and missions remain a constant for the churches, they must also navigate new issues such as dealing with the language, cultural and generational issues associated with reaching younger, unchurched Hispanics. Increased use of technology can also be a hurdle for smaller churches or those in extremely rural areas. Yet, churches cannot ignore this need for innovation in ministry.
The need to disciple and develop a new generation of leaders from the ranks of their children, youth and young adult members is a challenge for churches. The challenges are significant, and the opportunities are great for New Mexico’s Hispanic Baptist churches.