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American churches starting a hispanic ministry


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American churches starting a hispanic ministry

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