Walking through Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica felt bittersweet for Guillermo Serrano. The cathedral is tentatively scheduled for completion in 2026.
On the one hand, he enjoyed experiencing the magnificent beauty, but he also lamented the fact that the building’s primary purpose seemed to be missed among all its tourists.
“It’s more like a museum than a worship center,” said Serrano, who serves as Back to God Ministries International’s Spanish ministry leader.
Serrano said that much of the church in Spain is like the Sagrada Familia—rich in its history, yet increasingly post Christian.
“Today, many people refer to Spain as a graveyard for missionaries,” said Serrano.
Media Workshops Encourage Leaders
To encourage and equip those who are sharing the gospel in this difficult context, Serrano visited Barcelona and Madrid this past fall. There, he and other members of BTGMI’s Spanish ministry team led two week-long workshops centered on media ministry.
“We provided training on best practices for using social media, audio, video, blogs, and podcasts, to effectively share the message of the Gospel,” says Serrano.
“We were pleased with the outcome,” said Serrano, who added with a laugh, “although it was difficult to convince some of the men that it’s okay to use makeup when making videos.”
Rosa, who leads worship for a small church near Madrid, said, “Thanks for being so clear on the purpose of using social media to people who are in darkness. I will use my programs to continue announcing the gospel.”
“I give thanks to you and your team for coming to help,” added Pedro, who attended the workshop in Barcelona. “Preaching is the way to convey the best news to people. I learned from you that this mission is sacred.”
The Work Continues
Just like the cathedral, Serrano knows that sharing the gospel in a context in which fewer people attend church is a work in progress.
“We say to Rosa and Pedro—and our other brothers and sisters in Spain—that we have to continue on this mission,” added Serrano. “We shared with them that we have churches and believers like you who are praying for us and providing financial resources to help us continue preaching, teaching, and training believers to do the good work.”