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Urban, multicultural leaders to meet for training, discussion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Training conferences in four languages, discussions of urban and multicultural ministry issues and celebrations of language and cultural diversity will be part of a National Urban and Multicultural Leadership Conference Aug. 4-8 at Ridgecrest (N.C.) Baptist Conference Center.
The conference, sponsored by the Baptist Sunday School Board’s church leadership services division, will begin Monday evening, Aug. 4, with a “Celebration of the Cities” and conclude Friday, Aug. 8, at noon after a service of “Commitment to the Cities.”
The conference is targeted to professional and lay workers from urban churches and multicultural churches in any setting, according to Luis Aranguren, conference coordinator and manager of leadership development in the multicultural leadership department.
Conferences will be offered each morning and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Spanish, Korean, French and English. Tracks in English will be provided for pastors and church leaders, associational staff, music leaders, Sunday school leaders and discipleship leaders.
Worship speakers include Charles Lyons, pastor of Armitage Baptist Church, Chicago; Rolando Lopez, pastor of Northwest Hispanic Baptist Church, San Antonio; and John Baptiste Thomas, pastor of French Speaking Baptist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
“This is our first attempt at a conference like this,” Aranguren said. “We want to train the people, get them excited and they can be ministered to by the Holy Spirit while they’re there.”
A similar conference will be held in 1998 at Glorieta (N.M.) Baptist Conference Center, June 29-July 3.