The panel included Paul Kim, Jerry Lepasana and Alan Chan of the Asian Advisory Council A.B. Vines and K. Marshall Williams Sr. of the African American Advisory Council; Daniel Sanchez of the Hispanic Advisory Council; and Frank Page and Ken Weathersby of the Executive Committee.
Lepasana, pastor of Bible Church International in Randolph, N.J., said the Filipino congregation he leads finds great value in partnering with the Southern Baptist Convention because the Cooperative Program helped start many of the Filipino churches in the New York and New Jersey area.
CP is the channel by which Southern Baptists support state, national and international missions and ministry.
"We always want to make sure that we stay connected to Southern Baptists because we feel that there's this partnership that allows us to be able to expand the Kingdom with other Southern Baptist churches.
That has been a critical partnership for us," Lepasana
Vines, pastor of New Seasons Church
in Spring Valley, Calif., said he
believes now is the time for action among ethnic Baptists.
Lepasana encouraged convention staff to empower ethnic pastors by visiting them and helping them understand how they can fill important leadership roles on the associational, state convention and national levels.