Hispanic leaders provide training to support local churches


   Rev. Dr. Ruben Saenz, Jr., pastor of El Buen Pastor United Methodist Churchin the Rio Grande Conference in Texas, spent two days with 31 North Georgia Hispanic leaders inspiring them on Understanding Transition Factors of the Growing Church, the Worship System, Pastoral Self-Care, and Leadership Development.
       In his 10th year as pastor of El Buen Pastor UMC, a strong, dynamic 875-member church, Dr. Saenz’ stated: “Ministry is about offering others, through word and deed, new and abundant life in God through faith in Jesus Christ.”
      Through his pastoral leadership, Dr. Saenz has helped to train many pastors. Over El Buen Pastor’s 130-year history, 15 persons from that faith community have gone on to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel as ordained ministers.
 Dr. Saenz attended Austin State University on a football scholarship and seminary at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
       Juan Quintanilla, Associate Director of New Church Development, commented, “Ruben imparted very practical tools that can be applied right away on how to help persons find their gift for ministry in the local Hispanic churches in North Georgia.”