The Hispanic Education Task Force is meeting to continue their work of addressing the Hispanic Baptist High School Drop-Out Issue as part of a two-day meeting of the Executive Board of the BGCT. I am pleased that they are still meeting and am confident this group will advance some top shelf solutions for this issue.
I have been amazed at the response to this issue and the number of posting on Friday’s blog post. Granted, I am answering some of those comments but I have never had so many friends respond, view, and post to my blog on a single issue since I started at Buckner almost 18 months ago. This is a hot issue. I want to encourage you to view the blog comments for Friday’s blog. Julio Guarneri has some fantastic stats that contradict what I reported on Friday. Yeah! I am more than glad to be wrong on this in the case of Getsemani. Elizabeth Tamez reports similar stats at Primera in Tyler. Tim Dahl also posted some solutions he is working on as well. It would be worth your time to look at the comments. You will be encouraged.
I do want to offer some solutions given my limited engagement with this issue, apart from keep tabs on the progress of the Hispanic Education Task Force progress. Here are a few ideas that I would offer up to my reading audience, the Hispanic Education Task Force, or anyone else passionate about this issue:
We really need to know if Hispanic-BGCT affiliated congregations beat the state average on high school drop out rates, college enrollment, college completion, graduate school, etc. We really don’t know how serious the problem is without good data. I would love to be proven wrong on the data I projected on Friday’s blog. We have anecdotal information that is encouraging but we need to survey our congregations and get the data.
We need to find churches that are making a huge difference like Iglesia Bautista Getsemani and Primera Tyler and learn what they are doing right to produce such amazing high school completion rates, college enrollment, BA degree achievement, and graduate school enrollment. We need to hear these stories to encourage other congregations to do the same.
Highlight Higher Education Wins
If you read the comments you will see that DBU has demonstrated some significant strides to encourage Hispanic students to enroll. You will also see the work of BUA mentioned to encourage high school completion and college enrollment. Other BGCT affiliated universities that have demonstrated a consistent record of Hispanic enrollment should be highlighted as well.
These are just a few items to consider as we look for solutions to this issue. I will mention a few more on Tuesday. In the meantime, let’s pray for the Hispanic Education Task Force. What solutions do you have? Post your idea in the comments below…