Hispanic Leadership Development hosts training focused on Bible teaching and interpretation
Lauren Pratt | May 04, 2018
On April 28, the Hispanic Leadership Development office hosted Interpretando y Enseñando la Biblia, a five-hour training for Hispanic church and ministry leaders on how to interpret and teach the Bible from the grand Christocentric narrative of Scripture.
Many people packed into Eitel Auditorium at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), as 125 were registered for the event, to hear from three speakers: Miguel Echevarria, director of Hispanic Leadership Development and assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at SEBTS; Raudel Hernandez, The Summit Church en Español campus pastor; and Moises Gomez, a Master of Divinity student at SEBTS.
The goal of the training, said Echevarria, was “to give attendees a better understanding of a text within the canonical storyline and to give them a taste of what they would get in our Hispanic programs [at SEBTS].”
Echevarria opened up the conference by walking attendees through an overview of Genesis through Revelation, showing how all 66 books tell one narrative. Hernandez followed Echevarria’s talk by speaking more specifically on the Old Testament through the lens of how it fits into the overarching story of the Bible. Gomez was the conference’s third speaker and spoke on how the New Testament intersects with the whole of Scripture.
The event concluded with a panel discussion from all three speakers, including Gomez’s wife, Betsy, who is a conference speaker with Revive our Hearts. Panelists answered questions from the audience and focused on how attendees could begin interpreting and teaching through the Bible in light of the narrative of Scripture.
Echevarria noted that many Hispanic pastors and church leaders do not have many resources in Spanish, making events like Interpretando y Enseñando la Biblia a helpful resource to them and an encouragement to consider furthering their theological education. SEBTS applications were available to attendees at the event as well.
“Afterwards, pastors were encouraged by the event, looking forward to the next one and possibly studying at SEBTS,” said Echevarria.
The event was advertised through Twitter and was streamed live via Facebook. Echevarria said he hopes to offer similar events each semester.
Hispanic Leadership Development seeks to provide theological training to Spanish-speaking people on campus, overseas and online. Hispanic Leadership Development is an extension of the Global Theological Initiative office at SEBTS.