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    • American Churches Starting a Hispanic Ministry
      • What to Expect
    • ¡Muchas Gracias!
    • Why should we do it?
      • Jesus said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations ” (Matthew 28:19).
      The U.S. is blessed…. All the nations are coming to us!
    • Few Facts
      • By 2006, there were 44.3 million Hispanics in the U.S.
      • It is estimated that, by 2010, there were about 50 million Hispanics in the U.S.
      • This is about 16.3% of the U.S. population.
      • A growth of over 1 million/year.
      • U.S. Census Bureau
    • Putting things into perspective:
      • Peru: 29 million people
      Ecuador: 14 million people Paraguay: 7 million people
    • What to Expect:
      • Cultural differences
      • Religious background
      • Relationship status
      • Immigration status
    • Cultural Differences
      • Educational level
      • Financial level
      • Communication problems
      • Time and organization problems
    • Religious Background
      • Argentina: 94%
      • Bolivia: 82%
      • Chile: 70%
      • Colombia: 90%
      • Costa Rica: 76%
      • Cuba: 85%
      • Dominican Republic: 95%
      • Ecuador: 95%
      • El Salvador: 79%
      • Honduras: 97%
      • Mexico: 77%
      • Panama: 85%
      • Paraguay: 90%
      • Peru: 81%
      • Puerto Rico: 85%
      • Venezuela: 96%
      Catolicism 86%
    • Religious Background
      • Main Catholic Beliefs:
      • Catholic tradition is equal or superior to the Bible.
      • The Pope is Peter’s successor and head of the church on Earth.
      • Mary was a virgin for all her life, holds the title of “Mother of God,” and intercedes for all Christians.
      • Images of “saints” and holy things should be venerated.
      • Everybody is born bearing the sin of Adam and Eve.
      • Baptism may be applied by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling of water. Babies and little children need to be baptized to be saved.
    • Relationship Status
      • Marital status
      • Family status
    • Immigration Status
      • Different status:
      • Permanent resident
      • Temporary resident
      • Worker visa
      • Tourist visa
      • Unauthorized alien
    • Recommendations on Hiring Hispanic Ministers
      • 1. Look for information about the Hispanic population in your area.
        • a. The average immigration status
        • b. Areas of highest concentration of Hispanics
      • 2. Carefully research candidates for Hispanic ministers.
        • a. Personal background (e.g., family background, doctrinal background)
        • b. Immigration documentation and status (e.g., type of visa, work authorization, expiration date of his visa, possibility of renewing his visa)
    • Recommendations on Hiring Hispanic Ministers
      • 3. Prepare a questionnaire for the minister candidate. The following questions could be included:
        • a. What is your perspective about illegal immigration?
        • b. Do you believe it is right for a Christian to stay in a country illegally?
        • c. Are you willing to teach publicly about a Christian’s responsibility to the government, especially in relation to illegal immigration?
        • d. What would be your principal objective in our Hispanic ministry?
    • Recommendations on Hiring Hispanic Ministers
      • 4. Provide book to the minister candidate. (Apologetics Press.)
      • 5. Gather all the pertinent and necessary documentation for the candidate’s employment.
        • a. Require copies of his worker visa, residence visa or naturalization certification, etc.
        • b. Complete and file the form of eligibility for employment (I-9).
      • 6. Conduct a follow-up into the minister’s immigration status after he begins working with the ministry.
        • a. Require updated, valid documentation (e.g., renewed visa, change of immigration status or documentation of application in process).
        • b. File additional copies of immigration documentation.
    • A Successful Hispanic Ministry…
      • …is where controversial topics are not put aside in order to avoid opposition, but where those topics are dealt with in love, in spite of the opposition.
      • …is not where Christians hope for a period of amnesty from legal prosecution, but rather where Christians experience a time of spiritual regeneration.
      • …is where greater emphasis is given to one’s heavenly citizenship than to one’s earthly citizenship.
      • …spreads its influence, not only within the United States, but also beyond its borders.
    • A Successful Hispanic Ministry…
      • …may generate economic losses, but its spiritual profits will be immeasurable.
      • …is not where Christians demand “rights” which are not legally theirs, but where they strive to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities to God, to their fellow man, and to government.
      • …is where mature Christians are willing to accept earthly separation in order to guarantee an eternal reunion.