New Congregational Development
The vision of the National Plan is that Hispanic and Latino people will experience new and abundant life as they experience God through Jesus Christ and that The United Methodist Church, by the very sharing of this message through word and deed, will be energized in new and exciting ways (the winds of Pentecost at work). The National Plan is a servant vehicle for spreading the Good News that God:
- Is the source of new life - life that is not confined in idols made of gold and silver, but life that is active in the present-day realities of Hispanic/Latino communities and all people, without regard to ethnicity or national origin. Life that is dynamic. Life that affirms our diversity as created by God and shapes us in the image of the very giver of life.
- Continues to breathe new life - It is God's intent that all God's offspring should experience hope for new life. God accepts our service, not because God is incapable or weak but because God chooses to live and breathe in and through us.
- Calls the church and all creation to accountability for the gift of new life - Although God is patient, God requires us to be in right relationship with God and with all others. Right relationship requires responsible interaction with all God's people and all creation. The National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry is one of the many ways The United Methodist Church is responding to God's call to accountability for the gift of new life.
Plan Elements and Goals
Prior to the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, the plan was known as the National Plan for Hispanic Ministry. Its current name, the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, acknowledges the ministry with people of Brazilian descent who carry a Portuguese Latino identity.
Key elements of the plan for the 2005-2008 quadrennium continue to be conference/congregational mobilization and leadership development/formation.
Among the five ethnic and language plans in the United States, the this national plan was allocated the largest amount of funds in the 2004 General Conference ($3.8 million for 4 years).