Mexico Retreat Focuses on Church Planting

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (December 24, 2005)  – A recent retreat involving Mexican  pastors and lay people was a major step forward in choosing the first  church planters for the Evangelical Covenant Church here.

More than 40 people from eight Mexican states attended the retreat in  Oaxtepec, about an hour south of Mexico City and some 4,500 feet above  sea level.

“The leaders are catching the vision that God could do great things in  and through the planting of new churches,” says missionary Karl Peterson.

Speakers at the conference were Walter Contreras, director of Hispanic  church planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church and church planting  for the Pacific Southwest Conference, as well as Roberto Ghione, pastor  of “Centro Familiar Nueva Esperanza” or New Hope Family Center in Simi  Valley, California.

“I have a deep sense that this will do more to move our beloved Mexican  Covenant forward than anything we have seen in the last many years, says  John Kerl, country coordinator for Mexico in the Department of World  Mission.

The retreat, held November 28-30, was the second of three prayer and  planting retreats, says Peterson. The first was held in August and the  third is scheduled for January 12-14.

“The first three retreats are introductory in nature, trying to start a  church planting movement,” says Peterson. “While there are possible  places to plant churches, no pastors have been chosen. It may be that we  choose a lay pastor using the bi-vocational model in these church plants.”

The retreats are sponsored by Friends of World Mission, part of its  “Preparing the Soil and Sower” project. The Missions Commission of the  Mexico Covenant Church organized the event. In addition to Peterson,  Javier Martinez and Carlos Parker helped with organizing and logistics.  Miguel Ortiz and Emiliano Serrano led the worship times.

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