ABHMS’ CeCaLi Announces Summer and Fall Workshops

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ABHMS’ CeCaLi Announces Summer and Fall Workshops

VALLEY FORGE, PA (6/16/21)—CeCaLi XXI (Centro de Capacitación para Líderes del siglo XXI), a program of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Latino Ministries office, introduces its Church Leadership Development summer and fall virtual workshops to be presented in ABHMS’ new Center for Continuous Learning.

Delivered completely in Spanish, CeCaLi is designed to equip Latino pastors and leaders from the United States and Puerto Rico. Every workshop is tailored according to the reality of  participants in their communities. Join us as we explore emerging issues in ministry, congregational life and pastoral practice and offer practical tools, resources and coaching to fuel your ministry.

“Several years of experience working with the Latin church, interacting with its leaders and reading relevant literature have made me understand that our pastors and leaders have specific needs,” says the Rev. Salvador Orellana, director of ABHMS’ Latino Ministries.

“CeCaLi addresses those needs by offering a Spanish-language program that will help them acquire theological and practical tools for ministry.”

CeCaLi is offering a virtual event comprised of four two-hour sessions 1-3 p.m. ET July 10, Aug. 14, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. While this program is intended to be four sessions, participants need not attend all sessions.

  • July 10, “Hopeful Preaching in Times of Crisis”

The means, methods and forms of the art of oral communication are analyzed to present the Word in a pertinent way. Innovative communication elements are provided that capture the listeners’ attention and lead to transformative action. Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Javier Goitía, director of the Theological Formation Program, Seminaries and Lay Schools in the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

  • Aug. 14, “Pastoral Presence in the Crisis”

Participants will be made aware of the importance of healthy pastoral counseling in times of crisis. They will know the ethical-legal responsibilities they have when serving in a crisis and how to protect themselves from burnout. Facilitated by Dr. Samuel Perez, president of the Institute of Pastoral Care and Education.

  • Oct. 16, “Effective Use of Technology in Pastoral Ministry”

Take a tour of the most common social networks and technological tools relevant to pastoral ministry. Learn which ones to use and how to do so effectively within the context of pastoral ministry. Facilitated by Prof. Omayra Torres, chair of the Cooperativa de Servicios Educativos Especializadas in Bayamón.

  • Nov. 20, “Dispute Resolution”

This course will reveal conflict as a natural human process that is necessary and transformative within congregations and communities, especially in times of crisis. Facilitated by Yarilis Hidalgo Pláceres, MHRLR.

While the cost to participate in the full program is $20, those who want to attend individual sessions pay $10 per session. Scholarships are available to members of American Baptist churches. Register online.

For more information, contact Abigaíl Medina Betancourt at abigail.medina@abhms.org.


American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.