Equipping Leaders

Leadership training is Latin Equip’s primary function. Each year, thousands of pastors and leaders are trained in national conferences, regional conventions, and personal consulting throughout Peru and elsewhere in Latin America. Because only 10 percent of pastors in developing nations have received formal Bible training, our role as Latin Equip is to put tools into the hands of these laborers for ministry.



Latin Equip helped form and supports OPEX, a business leaders network in Peru. In conjunction with OPEX, Latin Equip reaches hundreds of business people each year. OPEX holds conferences in Lima and other cities in Peru, we work to equip business leaders, entrepreneurs,  and small business owners with Bible-based best business practices and ideas. One of Peru’s vice-ministers of finance saw the quality of the materials and the 550 participants at a recent OPEX event and was amazed. “I didn’t know you Christians did things like this. Thank you for helping Peru!”

A television financial expert who has been to several OPEX events is now teaching Bible-based business practices on his nationally televised program. Latin Equip and OPEX are affecting business leaders all over Peru!


One of the most important things Latin Equip has undertaken in recent years is a focus on the next generation of pastors and leaders. Our annual Young Leaders Seminar reaches pastors and church staffers under the age of 40 with a message tailored specifically for them. Each year, we take an invitation-only group of young leaders to a retreat center, paying all their expenses for 3 days of equipping and ministry. Each year, we hear testimonies of how transformative the experience was for their ministry.


Latin Equip has produced more than 100 hours of audio and video training and translated 14 books into Spanish, which are in use in every Spanish-speaking country in the world. Our desire is to put tools into the hands of pastors and leaders, and empowering them to fulfill God’s call in their lives!


U.S. immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 80 million—a quarter of the overall U.S. population. This is an awesome opportunity for the American church!

Latin Equip is helping to equip leaders, communities, and partners to bridge the culture gap and plan for culturally competent ministry. To this end, Latin Equip directors Steve and Shelly Hopkins are available to provide training for church staff or lay ministry leaders in the following areas:

  • Effective outreach to culturally diverse populations within the U.S.
  • Preparing to take a team abroad
  • Ministry that is culturally relevant
  • Working with culturally diverse members
  • Developing and maximizing the quality and productivity of international relationships

Whether you want to begin outreach to a diverse population in your area, send a team abroad, or are entering long or short term missions ministry, Latin Equip will provide you with the necessary tools to help you plan for effective ministry. We will start by assessing your organization’s awareness of other cultures, and structure training and conversations that will broaden your reach and sharpen your intercultural skills.

In addition to her work with Latin Equip, Shelly served for seven years as a bilingual teacher in North Texas and went on to manage all intake, enrollment, and support of immigrant students and families for one of the area’s largest school districts for an additional 13 years. She developed and provided training for the entire district’s effort to provide support for more than 3,000 immigrant families, speaking over 102 different languages.