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Members Challenged to Grow the Church at Spanish ‘Seeds’ Conference

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The Hispanic Ministries Department shared goals for baptisms and new church plants.

The Spanish “Seeds Vision” church planting conference was held in parallel to the English event at the North American Division headquarters on Dec. 9. The event, hosted by the Chesapeake Conference’s Hispanic Ministries Department, highlighted principles of church growth, church planting, leadership, and the importance of small groups in evangelism.

Featured speakers included Jose Esposito, assistant to the president for Evangelism at the Columbia Union; John Rengifo, Chesapeake Conference ministerial director; and Vladimir Kabbas, a pastor based in Pennsylvania.

A significant focus of the event was promoting the “Impact Chesapeake for 400 Miracles of Faith” initiative. This campaign aims to significantly increase the number of baptisms in Chesapeake Conference’s Spanish-speaking congregations to 400 in 2024, a notable rise from the expected total for 2023 of nearly 300. Leaders also challenged Seeds attendees to be part of planting 8 to 9 additional Spanish-speaking churches in the conference by 2025.

Orlando Rosales, director of Hispanic Ministries for Chesapeake Conference, emphasized the significance of the initiatives, stating, “Real church growth is when we’re baptizing and we’re planting churches.” He added that the Seeds conference plays an important role in casting that vision.

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