The Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education (HPLE) office of MEA provides Anabaptist theological education to Hispanic Mennonites. HPLE programs make theological education for ministerial formation flexible, accessible and affordable for Hispanic Mennonites through the options of a Bible institute, Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA),a seminary, Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano (SeBAH) and continuing education opportunities.
Most participants have discerned a call to leadership within their congregations, or are currently serving in pastoral positions. Most are bi-vocational and cannot leave their employment to study. Many have limited income which makes pursuing theological studies financially challenging. These grass-roots programs are helping to shape the future of Hispanic Mennonite congregations and ultimately all of Mennonite Church USA.
IBA and SeBAH are providing significant resources to area conferences as new congregations spring up across the country through leadership development in the HPLE programs. With a proven record of success the HPLE programs are flexible, adaptable, contextual and economical.
HPLE also provides a monthly Spanish language e-newsletter, Meno Acontecer, in collaboration with The Mennonite. This newsletter features articles and stories of leadership development aimed at strengthening the Hispanic Mennonite church and its connection to HPLE. Current and past issues of the publication are found on The Mennonite's webpage. To subscribe to this publication email MenoAcontecer@TheMennonite.org.