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Vital Congregations – Vital Communities: Building Leadership Capacity for Latinx Ministries

Seminary of the Southwest, 501 E. 32nd St.
Austin, TX 78705 United States
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This Level II Intensive course is designed to enhance leadership competence in the development and support of Latinx ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and among ecumenical partners. Those encouraged to attend are current practitioners, judicatory leaders, seminarians, church leaders planning to start new Latinx ministries, and those with coaching and/or supervisory roles among Latinx ministry leaders.

Participants will explore foundational insights from socio-cultural, ecclesiastical and historical Latinx experience, contextual theological tools, research results, diverse ministry models and practical resources for new and existing congregations.

Rev. Rubén Durán is the primary instructor. He serves as Director for Congregational Vitality in the Domestic Mission unit of the ELCA and brings extensive leadership experience in evangelical and justice ministry amidst diverse local contexts as well as ecumenically and internationally. He is joined by a team of leaders with deep wisdom and proven expertise:

The Rev. Josh Ebener serves as a bilingual parish pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church – Iglesia Luterana San Andres in West Chicago, Ill., a multicultural, bilingual congregation of the ELCA; the Rev. Irma Bañales is Director for Evangelical Mission, Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod; the Rev. Dr. Javier (Jay) Alanís is Executive Director and Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission, Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, Austin, Texas.

WHERE? Campus of the Seminary of the Southwest, 501 E. 32nd St., Austin, TX 78705

WHEN? Beginning Sunday, June 7, 2020, at 5 pm, and ending Thursday, June 11, 2020, at noon

HOW? Contact Consuelo E. Reid at lsps@lsps.edu or register online at: lsps.edu/programs/bldg-cong-capacity-hispanic-min/intensive-ii-registration

Registration Fee: $650 per person, or $500 per person for 3 from the same congregation (includes three lunches).
You are responsible for your own lodging and meals. Please contact us for a list of nearby hotels.

No refunds after April 30. Sorry, no scholarships available.

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June 7, 2020
June 11, 2020
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Austin, TX 78705 United States
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