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  • 1. American Churches Starting a Hispanic Ministry
    • What to Expect
    ?
  • 2. ¡Muchas Gracias!
  • 3. 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!
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Putting things into perspective:
    • Peru: 29 million people
    Ecuador: 14 million people Paraguay: 7 million people
  • 6. What to Expect:
    • Cultural differences
    • Religious background
    • Relationship status
    • Immigration status
  • 7. Cultural Differences
    • Educational level
    • Financial level
    • Communication problems
    • Time and organization problems
  • 8. 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%
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. Relationship Status
    • Marital status
    • Family status
  • 11. Immigration Status
    • Different status:
    • Permanent resident
    • Temporary resident
    • Worker visa
    • Tourist visa
    • Unauthorized alien
  • 12. 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)
  • 13. 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?
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. 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.

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