NAD REGIONAL CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS ESTABLISH HISPANIC CAUCUS IN RESPONSE TO SUSTAINED GROWTH.

Regional PresidentsStrong and continuous growth in their Hispanic churches have prompted the Presidents of the nine Regional Conferences in the North American Division to establish a Hispanic council within their caucus. In 2012 one hundred and seven pastors in 269 congregations serving   Hispanic communities baptized 1,175 souls.  Current trends suggest that this figure will be surpassed in 2013.   At the present time 19,000 Hispanic members comprise over six percent of the membership in the regional work.

In order to foster unified strategic planning and the implementation of uniform  employment practices  within the conferences, the Regional presidents held a joint meeting with their Spanish language coordinators at Oakwood University to discuss the establishment of division wide Regional Hispanic Council.  On Friday March 29, 2013, the Regional presidents officially voted to establish the NAD Regional Hispanic Advisory.   The council will be composed of the Spanish language director, coordinator or vice-president in each conference working under the Chairman of the Regional Caucus.     For the past several years these leaders have established a Spanish language track at the annual Pastoral Evangelism Council held annually on the campus of Oakwood University.  This session is open to all Hispanic pastors in North America regardless of conference affiliation.  Regional Conferences were established by the General Conference in 1945 to serve the predominantly African American populations centered in mostly urban areas within local union conferences

Today the Regional Conference membership stands at nearly 320,000 members.

Contact:  William Winston

(President, South Atlantic Conference;

Chair, Regional Presidents Council)

Tel: (404) 625-8411

Email: wlwinston@sacsda.org

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