Many Hispanic Baptist congregations serve in a ministry setting with a unique set of challenges that include varying immigrant generations, diverse language usage, and rapidly changing cultural needs. In response to these challenges, the Iglesias Abundantes Initiative was created. Iglesias Abundantes provides an opportunity for Hispanic Baptist churches to utilize a congregational learning experience to engage each other and the challenges that they face. Over a period of five years, up to 50 Hispanic congregations have the opportunity to participate. At the exploration retreats, participants learn about the congregational learning experience, explore the social and cultural challenges they face, and begin their work to clearly define their challenge. Next comes a series of facilitated monthly experiences that lead them through the phases of challenge, exploration, and discovery, all with culturally contextualized interactive learning opportunities, resources, and tracking on the progress of their congregational journey. The congregations reconvene for their implementation retreat. Here they are trained on the implementation of their congregation's customized Abundante Plan. Upon approval, each congregation can receive up to $9,000 as an Abundante Stipend to resource and execute their congregational plan.
San Antonio, TX