This is the sign I set up, this past weekend, at an intersection less than a mile from the building of my congregation.
Right now, I’m trying to connect with the Target Group I’m hoping to serve, using running as the main activity that would get us together.
Last weekend was the second time I set up this sign, and I think it’s time to change the strategy a little bit.
This ministry year I will be using 25% of my time in personal projects of discipleship. I will be pursuing some of my passions to connect with specific Target Groups, with the idea of creating an environment where Spiritual Transformation could take place.
One of those passions is teaching. Very specifically, I’d like to serve Hispanic American dads by teaching about parenting and cultural engagement.
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Our ministry year is on the go, and I’m facing a good amount of challenges, both personal and in ministry. And it’s exactly because of these challenges that I want, err, that I need to put myself in a place to see His Beauty more clearly.
In other words, for my own sake, for my own heart to be cultivated to follow Him in humility, I must invest in making disciples.
Here is how I’m planning on doing that.
Even when disciple making is a very organic and relational endeavor, you must have a way to measure the fruitfulness of your efforts. In other words, you must have a clear idea of what the end result of discipleship should be.
This is particularly important if you are serving among Hispanic Americans, since this group of cultures resonate strongly with relationships, and you could be investing heavily in the development of such relationships, without seeing too much of Spiritual Transformation.
Starting with grace is fundamental in making disciples among Hispanics. It’s not only theologically sound, but it also makes sense pragmatically. In a culturally diverse setting you will face multiple challenges, mostly in the form of misunderstandings, and without a solid grasp on His grace, those misunderstandings can take you in the wrong direction very quickly and very easily.
There is very little that can transform your walk with God as much as seeing, enjoying and sharing His beauty. This is specially true if you do all this in a culturally diverse setting, among people that is not necessarily like you.
Hi! I’m Alex Villasana, and as a steward of God’s grace I’d like to help you to pursue your Restored Passion, make disciples, and in the process experience some meaningful Spiritual Transformation.