“If we want to be healthy, let’s start inside with discipleship, and after that go outside,” says the Rev. Dr. Hector Rodriguez. “If we don’t want to go outside [our church buildings], we are a dysfunctional church.” Rodriguez, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission associate for Hispanic / Latino-a Congregational Support, has authored the new book “Reflexiones acerca de la salud de la iglesia” (Reflections on the health of the church), a series of compiled observations and recommendations to church leaders from his career as a pastor and mentor in the Presbyterian Church. A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez was ordained in 1979 by the Northwest Presbytery in the Synod of Puerto Rico. He continued with theological education in the U.S., obtaining a D. Min. in church revitalization from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He served as pastor of Iglesia Presbiteriana El Redentor (Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer) near Orlando from 1986 to 2001 when he was called to lead the Hispanic ministries at the PC(USA). In his role, he has served as a consultant and companion to hundreds of Spanish and Portuguese speaking congregations. Though Rodriguez notes many congregations, now attended by fourth or fifth generation immigrant populations, are English speaking even as they continue to represent their Latino/a heritage. Rodriguez says his role at the PC(USA) is fueled by his passion to assist mid councils, presbyteries and congregations. “My job here has been to assist in church development, church revitalization, new worshiping communities along with discipleship and leadership development,” he says. “And my whole career here has been to help discover what is a healthy church, and how we revitalize the church.” “A dying church—what are the things we need for them to count?” Rodriguez asks. “What are the things we need to do to help them grow again?”