The National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry
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OVERARCHING GOALS FOR THE NEW QUADRENNIUM
- Congregational Development
- Charter 75 new Hispanic/Latino churches and form 500 new faith communities.
- Accompany 100 new congregations in the Congregational Mobilization Process to revitalize their ministries.
- Immigration Ministry and Other Critical Social Issues
- Develop new models of centers dealing with immigration and advocacy for this and many other critical social issues.
- Create and nurture national, regional, and local partnerships with grassroots organizations.
- Annual Conference Local Church Strategy
- Identify and train new lay and clergy leaders.
- Enhance and develop Module III workshops and materials on new congregational development, with emphasis on values, cultural needs, and socioeconomic realities.
- Assist and accompany annual conferences in developing strategic plans focused on congregational and leadership development.
- Leadership Formation Goals
- Develop, implement, and evaluate at least one alternative model to traditional seminary education for Hispanic/Latino pastors on the pathway to ordination.
- Continue to equip lay missioners and pastor-mentor teams to assist them in mutual strengthening and cross-fertilization of ideas.
- Train and equip conference committees on Hispanic/Latino ministry.
A TIME FOR CHANGE
The vision of the National Plan for Hispanic/ Latino Ministry is that of a growing, dynamic, and inclusive United Methodist Church responding to the opportunity presented by the increasing Hispanic/Latino population of the United States. To be such a church, God needs disciples who are faithful stewards of the gospel in our world.
If The United Methodist Church is to grow, we must continue to reach out to the burgeoning Hispanic/Latino population in our midst. The US Hispanic/Latino community has increased by approximately thirteen million, or 59%, between 1990 and 2000. In six southern states -- North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama -- and in Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Nevada, the increase has ranged from 155% to 394%.
Every annual conference has a growing Hispanic/Latino population. US Census Bureau demographic projections suggest that by 2011 there will be 25 conferences with between 100,000 and 499,999 Hispanics/ Latinos, and 19 with over 500,000.
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New Church Development Ministry on Immigration and Other Critical Social Issues
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