El Cristiano como Ministro/Spanish-language resources for ordained or licensed ministry in UMC

El Cristiano como Ministro Available Now

By Vicki Brown*



Acrobat File El Ministerio de Capellanes y Consejeros Pastorales 

Acrobat File El Ministerio del Diácono 

Acrobat File El Ministerio del Pastor Local Licenciado

Acrobat File El Ministerio del Presbítero


El Cristiano como Ministro completes the list of Spanish-language resources published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for those who are exploring ordained or licensed ministry in The United Methodist Church.

“We are pleased to be able to offer 12 new resources in Spanish, including the Spanish translation of The Christian as Minister, which will supplement the corresponding English editions,” said the Rev. Sharon Rubey, GBHEM’s director of Candidacy and Conference Relations. “Many Hispanic candidates for ministry speak and read English, but it is not their first language. So these materials will allow them to complete the process of ordination without a language barrier.”

The new resources published since General Conference 2008 incorporate changes to The Book of Discipline that resulted from General Conference action.

The four books, a DVD, four flyers, and three brochures, range from a general information brochure about GBHEM to Cumpliendo con el llamado de Dios: Guía y normas para la candidature, the guidebook for the candidacy process for ordained ministry. The guidebook can only be purchased through the online candidacy Web site, after a candidate for ordained ministry is enrolled. 

The series of three other books provide information that will be useful to those considering ordained ministry and are all available through Cokesbury.

Comprendiendo el llamado de Dios: Un proceso para discerner el llamado al ministerio, the Spanish translation of Understanding God’s Call: A Ministry Inquiry Process, is designed to help any Christian explore how faith and vocation are related. El Cristiano como Ministro: Explora el significado del Ilamado de Dios al ministerio 2009-2012, offers an introduction into the meaning of God’s call to ministry, the vision of that ministry, and the opportunities for servant leadership in the UMC.

Mentores como Instrumentos del llamado de Dios, the Spanish edition of Mentors as Instruments of God’s Call,

by Justo L. González is a new edition of a guide for those in the process of discerning a call to ministry or seeking to clarify their call.

The DVD, Ordained Ministry in The United Methodist Church, provides moving first-person accounts by elders, deacons, chaplains, and pastoral counselors about what it means to be called to ordained ministry. It is now available with both Spanish and Korean subtitles.

A series of flyers and brochures about ordained ministry are also available for downloading as a PDF at www.gbhem.org/bom. These include: Ministerio de los Presbíteros y Presbíteras (Ministry of the Elder); El Ministerio Diaconal (Ministry of the Deacon); Ministerio de Capellanes y Consejeros Pastorles (Ministry of Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors; El Ministerio del Pastor Local con Licencia (Ministry of the Licensed Local Pastor); and Pasos hacia el Ministerio Ordenado o con Licencia (Steps Into Ordained and Licensed Ministry) are all downloadable.

A brochure about chaplains and pastoral counselors, Más allá de los muros de la iglesia: Considere la oportunidiad de ejercer su ministerio como capellan o consejero pastoral, and the United Methodist Endorsing Agency is also available.

The books, with the exception of the candidacy guidelines, can be ordered from Cokesbury at 1-800-672-1789. To request copies of the brochures, or the subtitled DVD, contact 615-340-7374 or e-mail dom@gbhem.org.

*Brown is associate editor and writer, Office of Interpretation, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.


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