We Need to Plant Healthy Hispanic Churches


*Many thanks to Edgar Aponte, the Director of Hispanic Leadership Development at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can read more about him and his position here or follow him on twitter.

As Director of Hispanic Leadership Development, I’m thrilled and grateful for the vision of Felix Cabrera and Red 1:8. It is a joy to see their commitment to plant Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting and Mission-driven Hispanic churches in North America. I’m happy that Southeastern is partnering with Red 1:8 in the training and equipping of their church planters. We want to see Hispanic churches, and churches in general, being grounded in truth of Scripture. We pray that God will bless their ministries and that through them many will be saved and hundreds of churches will be planted. I invite you to read about their story here:

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King shared with the nation his dream.  In that powerful and remembered speech, he quoted Isaiah 40:4-5 which says “… and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

At this same time last year, 50 years after MLK’s dream, Pastor Hance Dilbeck and I were sitting at a table at the SEND CONFERENCE 2013 in Dallas, Texas drinking coffee and dreaming. Our dream was similar to MLK; we wanted the glory of God to be revealed and for people of all backgrounds to worship together.

We recognized that the best way to make this possible was with the oldest and most effective method of Evangelism Strategy, Church Planting. We dreamed that Quail Springs Baptist Church could be a Church to plant churches. What kind of churches? Gospel-centered, multiethnic, and multilingual churches. We dreamed of reaching Caucasians, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans, in order to reach all races and nations.

Although there are many strategies of Evangelism in the world; in the Bible, the strategy used by the Apostles in obedience to the Great Commission, is that of Church Planting. When they went from town to town, they directed people to Christ and then to starting churches. We became convinced we should do the same. There is an eternal principle in church planting; new churches to reach new people.

Today, a year later, and thanks to our Church family financial commitment and our partnership with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS); QSBC has 20 Church Planters (14 making a Certification or MA in Church Planting at SEBTS) and their families penetrating the lostness. From Portland to Miami and from Toronto to San Francisco, QSBC, like the apostles, are leading people to Christ and starting churches in major cities in North America. This movement, that we called RED 1:8 aims to start biblical, healthy churches that can be fruitful. It is our intention that each planter can prepare others with this DNA, and those prepared can go and start new churches that will impact gospel-lacking cities. Our dream is to affect these cities not only spiritually, but also socially.

Tim Keller said, “The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes–will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.“

We are grateful for what God has done so far and we are working and preparing to continue planting churches in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Calgary, Denver, and to the ends of North America.

We thank God for His provision and to our Church family, for their faithful commitment.

Today, our dream has come true!

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