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Rolando Aguirre
Pastor for Spanish Language Ministries and Discipleship Team Leader

 

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself
 
God’s purposes for our lives are always good. Every sincere Christian who wants to know God’s will concerning his life can know it. However, this is typically a discovery process and not a dramatic revelation. In my life discerning God’s call has definitely included prayer, reflection, and community. I remember my mother praying for God to use me in the future to proclaim His Word as a preacher. At that time I laughed at this prayer thinking that this calling was for someone else but surely not for me. As time passed I started serving in ministries with children, youth, worship, and community outreach. My father oversaw a mission when I was young. I had the opportunity to preach when I was 14 years old because there was not a preacher available for that mission. I served as a youth pastor before coming to the United States to be trained at a formal Theological institution. In all this I developed a passion to counsel people and to minister to the needy, rejected, persecuted, and the oppressed. I ministered to many but felt the need to be better equipped for the ministry in the areas mentioned above. As Henri Nouwen states in his book, Making All Things New, “The spiritual life is not before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.” God used people, circumstances, and events in my life to confirm His calling to me.
 
As I was growing up God allowed me to serve Him along with my father in different missions we would visit on a weekly basis. I developed a passion to serve God. Yet I thought that I would never go in to ‘full time’ ministry, but God had other plans. Through my mother’s illness and other hardships God communicated specifically to me that I needed to serve Him vocationally for the rest of my life. It was through a process of reflection and meditation that one particular night I had a divine encounter with the Master. I could not get up from the floor as I was on my knees before His presence. I cried and laughed intensely for hours. I experienced joy and received an affirmation and clarity of pursuing serving Him at all costs for the rest of my life. I renounced to my dreams of becoming a medical doctor to serve the Doctor of all doctors. I remembered that I prayed to Him as the prophet Isaiah said, “Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8b-NIV).
 
  • What has been going on in your personal life in the last five years?
 
God definitely has been at work in my life for the last five years. Although, by His grace, I have accomplished a doctoral degree among other things, the greatest remark would be that He has refined my purpose statement. It reads as follows: “The purpose of my life is to glorify God through my worship life, my development as a disciple of Christ, my communion with other believers, my service to others, and by making disciples who live out their purpose in the world.”  
 
My spheres of influence are my family, my church, my community, networks of churches, and strategic international connections. The four dimensions of this missional purpose are to love God (Matthew 22:37), live his mission (Matthew 28: 18-20), love people (Matthew 22:39), and lead them to follow. It is my aspiration that this would be my life purpose statement regardless of my career choices in ministry. While the Great Commandment is a subjectively measured purpose, the Great Commission is more objective.  Nevertheless, I do not believe either one to be less important.  The primary command of the Great Commission is to make disciples of all nations.  Then, I am called to make disciples and to love others by serving them. In light of this purpose, I am presently the pastor for Spanish Language Ministries at CBC and serve as the president of the Hispanic Convention of Texas.


  • What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?
 
If God leads me to be a pastor the rest of my life, then I want to be the best equipper of leaders that I can be in a loving and restoring way.  Additionally, I would like to lead others to make disciples who make disciples.  I pray to become a transformational leader who is constantly pursuing a spiritual life of “being” more like Christ. In addition to that, I would love to write a book(s), blogs, and produce materials that would help people to grow in their spiritual walk with Christ.


  • Children, family, how long have you been at Calvary?
 
I am happily married to Janet, a native from the Rio Grande Valley. We have two beautiful children: Celina Eveleen (10), and David Jeremiah (8). We have been at Calvary since 2006.



Pick three questions:
 
  1. What is your favorite Bible verse or passage? Why?
 
I love many Bible passages. For example, one that speaks on purpose and mission is the one found in Ephesians 2:10 that states, “for we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This is an essential passage to understand God’s purpose in our lives as we enter into a relationship with Him.  In a general sense, we are His “workmanship” or “making” as He created everything with the power of His word. Though, we are also created in a new sense as His new creation according to 2 Corinthians 5:17.  There cannot be a stronger expression to denote God’s transforming work in the process of salvation by grace than this one. The words “created in Jesus” communicate about His active work in our soul, spirit, and in our future state of glorification with Him.  It is clearly stated that we have been created ‘unto good works.’ The reason of this design is that we lead in this world by living in holiness in our daily walk with Christ. In other words, ‘the primary objective is not to get us to heaven but to bring heaven to earth.’
 
  1. How can you reintegrate spirituality and work? How can you explain this principle to the members in the congregation?
 
To maintain spiritual integrity, we need a spirituality that integrates, not separates, our faith and work. The individualistic “Protestant prayer ethic,” which gets the leftovers from the Protestant work ethic, fails to provide this. Under the pressures of modern work many Christians feel isolated and unsupported in the workplace and find it difficult to pray and reflect in a way that integrates their church and work lives. Some theological guidelines for developing a corporate spirituality of work follow.
 
  • Reemphasizing the importance of the church scattered as well as the church gathered. Both the vocational (the church scattered) and the worship (the church gathered) activities of Christians are important. On Sunday the latter equip and mobilize the scattered people of God for their mission and ministry on Monday. But also needed are small committed groups in which people can honestly share their struggles in faith, home, and work.
 
  • Recapturing a sense of vocation. From the Bible and the Protestant Reformation emerges the understanding that all Christians have a ministry and vocation to serve in the working world, an understanding modeled on Christ as prophet, priest and king. This does not put preaching or evangelism against ordinary work, but sees kingdom work as healing creation and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) as fulfilling the creation commission (Genesis 1:26-28).
 
  • Recapturing the idea of the “mixed life.” We must not abandon Christian people to the totalitarian demands of many workplaces and the Martha life of unreflective activism. Nor should we forfeit the workplace and adopt the monastic, contemplative Mary life.
 
  • Reconnecting wisdom, virtue, and skill. Developing a spirituality of competence and compassion is needed to overcome the split between Mary and Martha. Work is a major way we can cultivate and develop Christian virtues (Galatians 5) and attitudes (Matthew 5:1-13). It can develop either the fruit of the Spirit, making us patient, gentle and self-controlled, or the opposite fruits of the flesh. These virtues do not spring up in a vacuum but emerge through much practice and, above all, grace.
 
3. What is your favorite aspect of ministry? Why?
 
Shepherding is my greatest joy in ministry. I enjoy preaching God’s Word and leading people to follow Christ in becoming passionate disciples who also make other disciples. I love to guide believers to find their God-given gifts so that they are able utilize them for God’s kingdom purposes.  



Everyone:
 
  • What is your prayer for this church?
 
These qualities could be summarized in one sentence, “a congregation that loves God and loves one another.” (Mark 12:30-31)