Developing strong, committed and equipped lay leaders is the purpose of the recently organized Hispanic Institute of Evangelism. The institute was launched the weekend of November 17-19 in the Tri-Cites, WA area by Ramon Canals, NPUC Assistant to the President for Hispanic Ministries and a number of pastors in the Upper Columbia Conference. Over a period of two years participants can take 12 intensive courses (each about six hours long), such as Old Testament, New Testament, Personal Evangelism, Public Evangelism, Church Organization and Church Growth, taught on selected weekends by pastors and guest presenters. Forty seven lay members have already registered, and many more are expected in the future. A similar Hispanic Institute of Evangelism was initiated in the Washington Conference on September 4, 2006 by Omar Grieve, conference Hispanic Coordinator, with twice-monthly classes being taught to over 400 registrants in the Lynnwood Spanish and Auburn Academy churches.