Bishop Sue Meets With Hispanic and Latino/a Pastors


Photo: North Georgia Latino/a clergy pray for Bishop Sue.

North Georgia's Latino and Latina clergy gathered on Feb. 1 at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek for a conversation with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. 

The group was diverse in nationality, age, gender, ethnicity, and language. But their hopes were largely the same: to be in disciple-making ministry with one another and with the entire North Georgia Conference, and together to develop vital long-term ministries. 

While the clergy discussed challenges they face, they also recognize shared opportunities including the Fresh Expressions movement and a large Latino/a population in our conference.

"Let's reclaim the power of the connection and leverage the resources needed to empower churches," said Bishop Sue. 

Bishop Sue shared her passion to change the church culture and conversation. The first steps, she said, are getting people out of the pews to look out at the possibilities, then “crack it open!”

She encouraged the gathered clergy to teach their congregations about joy and about passion for the Lord.

"We are thankful for Bishop Sue making the space and time for pastors to share their dreams and challenges," said Rev. Juan Quintanilla. "We can accomplish more together, and appreciate that our bishop and cabinet are engaged."