“It’s with a great joy that I share with you that the Instituto de Desarrollo Congregacional (IDC) is a reality! Praise the Lord,” said Rev. Jorge Luis Mayorga, Director of Congregational Development. He said, the launching was very successful with 55 participants this past Saturday at Fort Atkinson UMC; 50 of these were lay persons and five clergy. Twelve Hispanic/Latino congregations are represented in this first group of IDC. Sam Rodriguez from Path1 was the facilitator for Session 1 “Developing New Ministries,” which included an overview of the Seventh Season for Planting New Ministries. “The participants are very excited, and looking forward to the rest of this transformative program, Mayorga said. This group will graduate in June 2018. Rev. Sam Royappa, Director of Connectional Ministries, delivered a greeting on behalf of the Bishop and Cabinet. The event planning team included Rafael Cubilette, Audelis Ayala, Carlos Careaga, Modesto Soto, Rosita Mayorga and Jorge Luis Mayorga.