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The Obra Hispana Rev


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This is a presentation about the Hispanic history in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It shows how they started, how they are organized, the purpose of the Central Pastoral Office, and some photos.

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The Obra Hispana Rev

  1. 1. The “Obra Hispana” in The Christian Church Central Pastoral Office For Hispanic Ministries, CCDC
  2. 2. Introduction The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada has been involved in Hispanic Ministries for over one hundred years. In the late 19th century (1897-1899) our Church reached out to Hispanics in Northern Mexico, Texas, and Puerto Rico.
  3. 3. “San Antonio” Hispanic Church Church founded in 1899 Temple picture is 1925
  4. 4. Other Disciple Groups These evangelistic efforts resulted in the organization of three different Disciple denominations in Mexico and Puerto Rico: The Evangelical Fellowship of Christian Churches in  Mexico The Evangelical Alliance of Christian Churches in  Mexico The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto  Rico
  5. 5. Iglesia “Central”, Bayamón, P.R. Fundada en 1906
  6. 6. Iglesia “Dajaos”, P.R. fundada en 1906
  7. 7. Iglesia “Barrio Nuevo”, P.R. fundada en 1908
  8. 8. The Obra Hispana It also fostered the development of Hispanic and Bilingual congregations in the United States. During the first part of the 20th century, our Hispanic congregations were concentrated in Texas. Toward the middle of the century, we organized Hispanic Churches in the Northeast.
  9. 9. “La Hermosa” Christian Church This a 1970 photo
  10. 10. Old “Sinaí” Christian Church
  11. 11. Hispanic Conventions From the beginning, our Hispanic congregations formed Hispanic Conventions that provided both fellowship and opportunities to develop joint projects. The first convention, the State Mexican S.S. Convention, was established around 1915.
  12. 12. Six Hispanic Conventions Today, there are six Northeast (Canada,  Connecticut, New York, Hispanic and New Jersey, Bilingual Conven- Pennsylvania, tions that group Washington DC) congregations from Southeast (Florida and  Georgia) different states: Southwest (Texas)  Midwest (Illinois,  Pacific Southwest  Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona Missouri) 
  13. 13. Coordinating Hispanic Ministries The work of the different Hispanic conventions was coordinated by The Director of Services and Programs for Hispanic Congregations (first the Department of Domestic Missions of the United Christian Missionary Society, then at the Division of Homeland Ministries of the CCDC).
  14. 14. Past Directors The following Hispanic leaders served as Directors of this office:  Rev. Domingo Rodríguez (retired- deceased)  Rev. Dr. Lucas Torres (retired- deceased)  Rev. Dr. David A. Vargas (President of the Division of Overseas Ministries)  Rev. Luis Ferrer (retired)
  15. 15. Past Hispanic Directors
  16. 16. A National Organization Under the leadership of this Office, the different Hispanic Conventions organized the National Hispanic and Bilingual Fellowship of the CCDC. The First National Assembly took place June 24 to 28, 1981 in Indianapolis, IN. The Rev. David Vargas was the Director of the Office at the time.
  17. 17. Logos celebrating 25 years of the Hispanic & Bilingual Fellowship of the CCDC
  18. 18. Restructure and Renewal During the late 1980’s the National Hispanic and Bilingual fellowship explored several ways of restructuring the Office of Services for Program and Services for Hispanic and Bilingual Congregations. This resulted in the creation of the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries (CPOHM) in 1991.
  19. 19. CPOHM New Logos
  20. 20. The Central Pastoral Office The CPOHM has the following objectives: To develop programs and to offer pastoral  care to Hispanic ministers, lay leaders and congregations. To advise and counsel the different  regional and general bodies of the CCDC on Hispanic ministry. To be an advocate for Hispanic Disciples. 
  21. 21. What is the CPOHM? The CPOHM is a general organization of the CCDC. As such, it responds directly to the General Board of the Church and it is supported by Disciples Mission Fund. It is also supported by direct contributions from individuals, local congregations, regions and other organizations.
  22. 22. 69. The life of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is blessed by the racial/ethnic ministries of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the National Hispanic and Bilingual Fellowship, the North American Pacific Asian Disciples, and other groups that may be recognized by the General Assembly. Where general ministries are called upon to serve the life of the church through reports and representation, these ministries shall be included.
  23. 23. The Pastoral Commission The Pastoral Commission for Hispanic Ministries serves as the executive board of the CPOHM. The Pastoral Commission is composed by representatives of the Hispanic Conventions and four representatives of the General Board (two of them Regional Ministers, among others).
  24. 24. The National Hispanic Pastor The director of the CPOHM is the National Pastor for Hispanic Ministries of the CCDC. The first National Pastor was Rev. David A.  Vargas, who served from 1991 to 1992. The second, Rev. Lucas Torres, served  from 1992 to 1999. The third, Rev. Dr. Pablo A. Jiménez,  served from 2000 to 2005.
  25. 25. Current Leadership The Moderator of the Pastoral Commission for Hispanic Ministries is Manuel Collazo. The current National Pastor for Hispanic Ministries is the Rev. Dr.Huberto Pimentel, who began his tenure in January 2006.
  26. 26. National Pastors - CPOHM
  27. 27. Focus on Leadership The CPOHM, the Pastoral Commission for Hispanic Ministries, and the National Hispanic and Bilingual Fellowship have determined that the focus of their work for the next decade will be Leadership Development. We are developing programs for youth, lay leaders and licensed ministers.
  28. 28. Youth Hispanic Seminar
  29. 29. Pastoral couples and Leaders
  30. 30. Growth, Growth, Growth We need more leaders because the Hispanic community in the US is growing at a fast pace. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 31.7 million Hispanics living in the nation (11.7% of the population). These numbers do not include the 3.88 million Hispanics living in Puerto Rico.
  31. 31. Church Growth The “Obra Hispana” among Disciples is also growing at a fast pace. We have about 178 established and developing congregations in different parts of the US. There are also Hispanic congregations in Canada. One of them is bilingual, worshiping in Spanish and French.
  32. 32. Multicultural Ministries At some point in time, every Disciple minister will have to interact with Hispanic people and with Hispanic Disciples. You may prepare yourself for such encounters by learning more about the Hispanic community, and about Hispanic theology.
  33. 33. “Brown is the new Green”
  34. 34. Resources The Hispanic Population in the U.S., U.S. Census Bureau, March 1999. Justo L. González, (Abingdon Press, 1990). Mañana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective Manuel Ortiz, The Hispanic Challenge: Opportunities Confronting the Church (InterVarsity Press, 1993).
  35. 35. Get in Touch! We hope this information about the Obra Hispana will enhance your ministry, preparing you to better serve the growing Hispanic community in the United States. For more information, write to: Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis IN 46206 Tel. 317-713-2584 / Fax 317-635-3700 E-mail: