Tennessee sees growth in Hispanic presence in Southern Baptist churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) — In a night marked by worship, fellowship and workshops, Hispanic Southern Baptist pastors and leaders from across the United States came together for AVANCE 2015 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, Baptist Press reports. Tennessee was mentioned as a growth field for Hispanic evangelism.

The June 14 gathering began at 5 p.m. with worship led by Julio Arriola from Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, followed by a dinner and featured speaker SBC President Ronnie Floyd. David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, also addressed the group.

William Burton, the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s Hispanic and ethnic church planting and evangelism specialist, recounted a resurgence of Hispanic church planting in the state.

In a year’s time Tennessee went from having 238 baptisms of Hispanics to approximately 630 in 2014, Burton reported. The church-to-Hispanics ratio went from 1 to 18,000 in 2013 to 1 for every 7,820 Hispanics in 2014 and now 1 for every 6,736 since May 2015.

When Platt took to the podium, he started by stating “Gloria a Dios” (“Glory to God”) for what God is doing in Tennessee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: At AVANCE, Hispanics hear Ronnie Floyd, David Platt.


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