Houston-Area Latino Baptist Association Broadens Its Vision

The Asociación Bautista Latino Americana knows its efforts now can prepare Houston-area churches for better outcomes later.

With expectations Hispanics will make up 60 percent of Houston’s population in 2050, the association met recently at Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio to cast a vision for the future.

Since Hispanics already make up a large portion of Houston’s diverse population, the 52 Hispanic Baptist churches that are part of ABLA need to do more, said Bulmaro Luna, elected this year as the association’s executive director.

ABLA officially was organized as an independent association distinct from Union Baptist Association in 2003. The association has its own board of directors and budget, and it creates its own resources, Luna explained.

Many churches in the association already have developed networks to serve the community, but ABLA must do more to facilitate collaboration, he insisted.

Focus on discipleship and church starting

The association plans to focus on two areas—making disciples and planting churches, he said.

Pastor Johnnie Musquiz teaches a Christian ethics class at
the Baptist Bible Institute at Iglesia Bautista Houston.
(Photo / Isa Torres)

“The motto of ABLA is ‘to make disciples,’ and with more disciples, we should also plant more new churches,” Luna said.

Through theological institutes in Houston—like the ones he and pastor Johnnie Musquiz lead—the association can prepare more people for Christian service, with a particular focus on discipleship and starting churches, Luna said.

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Source: Baptist Standard