An array of activities awaited Hispanics coming to Phoenix for the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, including a yearly gathering of church planters, a national fellowship and, above, an international missions festival. Photo by David R. Lema Jr.
PHOENIX (BP)--More than 400 mostly Hispanic pastors, church planters, lay leaders and denominational leaders took part in a "Let's Celebrate!" church planting convocation at North Phoenix Baptist Church June 16 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
The church multiplication team of the North American Mission Board's church planting group sponsored the sixth annual event.
"Anytime that you gather to talk about church planting," said Gus Suarez, director of missions for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, "you have to talk about celebration."
Moises Rodriguez, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Fort Worth, Texas, led in a prayer in both English and Spanish thanking God for the opportunity to gather and for having so much to celebrate in the area of Hispanic church planting.