Synergy

"the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects"

Critical to seizing the present missional moment in America is to have missional leadership, leaders who share the PCA’s historic commitments to the Scriptures, the Great Commission and the Reformed faith, and who, at the same time, emerge from, understand, and love the diverse communities of America’s new pluralistic reality. The PCA must work prayerfully and strategically to identify, encourage, support and launch such leaders into the harvest field that is our new America.

No church or organization can do this alone. It requires a united partnership of God's people.

The HLI Leadership Training Network (LTN) was created for this purpose.

"You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

2 Timothy 2:1-2

BIG GOAL, HUGE IMPACT

200

by 2025

The LTN is a community of individuals, churches, and ministries working with HLI and excited to collaborate together to develop Hispanic leaders for Christ's church.

The LTN has set an audacious goal of preparing 200 Hispanic men and women as leaders for Christ's church by the end of 2025!

Each LTN Member has covenanted to work together with other members and local presbyteries to develop these new leaders through the sharing of resources, experience, a standard curriculum, and financial support.

Pilot

LTN Members

Want to Join the LTN?
Contact Gene Bowman,
(915) 892-4778, gene@hlipca.com

The LTN utilizes HLIConnect to track candidates and their progress through apprenticeships. HLIConnect also shows available ministry positions for apprentices after their training is completed.

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Identifying the

Next Generation of Leaders

When we think about who will lead Christ's church in the coming years, we must look to those who have the energy, passion, and drive to carry the work forward. In Paul's day, this included men like Silas and Timothy.

For us today, these leaders are in our high schools and colleges. They may already be part of our churches, but most likely, they are out in our communities with little or no church exposure. How do we attract these new leaders?

We go to them.

Enter Jeff White.

Based in El Paso, TX, in partnership with HLI and Las Tierras Community Church in El Paso, and through a grant from the Antioch Fund of Mission to North America, Jeff is connecting with Hispanic students at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), El Paso Community College, and local high schools to identify and encourage students for future ministry in Christ's church.

Over the past year, Jeff has worked with Inter-Varsity leaders on the UTEP campus to engage and challenge UTEP students with the claims of the Bible and how the Word of God will impact their vocational lives in the future.

Jeff says, "In El Paso even the young people are religious. This is an open door for many conversations but it is an open door into a long-term discussion about the true nature of the Gospel of grace in a culture that constantly reinterprets the good news through a moralistic message of, 'that’s great but now what are you going to do for Jesus?' ”

Earlier this year, Jeff provided an avenue for students to view a cross-section of potential occupations from which they someday may be able to choose. He called it, "Living in Vocation."

Leaders in Vocation promotes the flourishing of stable young leaders through the discovery of God’s work priorities, the world’s needs, and personal skills and passions, which are essential to effectively launch them into vocations.

God is at work in the world and has created humanity in His image for the purpose of reflecting Him in His world through our work. Our vocations are discerned and stewarded best where God’s priorities, the world’s needs, and our gifts and passions intersect.

Through LiV, personal testimony, fellowship interactions, and Gospel witness, Jeff has begun to see fruit in potential future leaders coming forward to receive mentoring and guidance in serving Christ's church. Jeff's work is also a test-bed for how new leaders can be raised up by the LTN.

Today's Apprentices

Tomorrow's Leaders

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Eva Castillo

Eva is now in her second year of a two-year apprenticeship with New City Fellowship East Lake in Chattanooga, TN.

Eva is now in her second year of a two-year HLI apprenticeship with New City Fellowship East Lake (NCEL) in Chattanooga, TN.

Eva's future desire is to minister to Latina women within a church context, or perhaps on the mission field. She has been deeply involved with life at New City Fellowship East Lake under the mentorship of Eunice Mendoza and Pastor Jim Pickett. She has mentored young Latina girls and women, provided interpretation at a local health clinic, and coordinated NCEL's participation in an after-school tutoring program associated with the local YMCA.

In June and July, 2017, Eva traveled to Ciudad Juárez to work with Mission to the World Missionaries Jamie and Jen Burkemper and Pastor Alcides de la Cruz and members of Iglesia Cristiana del Sur (ICS). In Juárez, Eva helped MTW missionaries to coordinate English camps, taught a women's Bible study, visited contacts from the summer English camps with Pastor Alcides, and mentored ICS youth leaders. All of these experiences will aid her as she returns to NCEL and begins forming a youth ministry there this fall.

Please pray for God's guidance for her in this second year of her apprenticeship, that she would be able to discern God's direction for her in future ministry, and that she would gain much experience and skill in preparation for that ministry.

If you would like to financially help with the cost of the Eva's apprenticeship, please donate through the link below.

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Roman Gonzalez

Román is from Monterrey, Mexico, and came to the U.S. five years ago to study at the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX (near McAllen), from which he graduated last May with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies.

Román has a true passion for sharing the gospel, playing the guitar and singing, and leading worship. His desire is to become a pastor in the PCA. He has been attending Grace PCA in McAllen, TX, for the past several years and has been under the mentorship of Pastor Tom McKeon for the past year. He has passed through the Hispanic communities around the church meeting many folks and sharing the Gospel as God opens the door. He has also assisted with worship at Grace, leading the praise team and leading Bible studies.

Because of his desire to be better prepared as a pastor, Román has enrolled at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, in May, 2017. He desires to earn a Master of Divinity degree at WTS, then return to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas to serve as a pastor of a PCA church.

HLI is providing 50% of Román's tuition at WTS. If you would like to financially help with Roman's seminary scholarship, please donate through the link below.

Two-Month

Summer Internships

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Jose Martinez

Jose recently graduated from El Paso Community College (EPCC) and will begin studies at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in the fall of 2017. Through a connection with Jeff White's work at EPCC, Jose discovered a summer internship opportunity with LTN member CrossTown Ministries in Las Cruces, NM, and was accepted to this internship. Throughout the summer, Jose has been learning how to make connections among Crosstown and the churches of Las Cruces and to coordinate events and volunteers. This will be good training for Jose, as he already begun to serve as an Inter-Varsity intern at UTEP this fall.

Jose's Internship Report

Romans 12:13 states: “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” That is exactly what happened on Kids Kindness day. Kids Kindness day was founded in 2002 and has been developed to unite the citizens of Las Cruces, New Mexico and the surrounding communities, in an effort to help and celebrate families in need. Several local churches, civic groups, law enforcement and emergency personnel came together to provide school supplies, backpacks, free haircuts, free food and fun activities for the community.

My job at the festival was to be a security guard. As a security guard, I had to make sure the ice chests were full of ice, and if people had problems it was my responsibility to resolve the issue. When I was told I would be a part of the security team I became disappointed, because I wanted to interact with the people and be involved in the activities. Little did I know what God had in store for me. As I stood there, God opened my eyes to what was taking place.

God opened my eyes and made me realize that what we are called to do in the Bible, was happening right before my eyes. People from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures came together to serve and love on those in need. People were being fed, kids were getting free haircuts and school supplies, parents were getting taken care of, people were being served in a way that they were not used to before. It was a beautiful sight. I was so concerned with being a part of a portion of the event that I never considered the event as a whole and the true impact it was having on people’s lives. I could not believe I was able to be a part of an event that showed everyone, no matter what their background or ethnicity, who Christ was, through our deeds and our words.

When I left that day, I was inspired. Inspired, not only to continue doing God’s work, but to go out and show others who God truly is in everything I do. During this school semester, I want to implement the same kind of inspiration the spirit allowed me to have at this event with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Kids Kindness day made me realize that sometimes God has a bigger picture painted for us than what we think. This whole experience has showed me what it really means to care for others.