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Hispanics are the new frontier in ministry.

Sep 30 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

By Roberto Ponce

Today, most people in the United States know that the Hispanic population growth has exploded in America. In recent years, we have seen, arguably, the largest demographical shift in our recent history!

According to the U.S. Census 2010, we now have nearly 50 million Hispanics in America, making the U.S. one of the largest Spanish speaking countries in the world. One in six Americans is of Hispanic origin. To put the U.S. Hispanic growth in perspective, there are more Hispanics in the United States that are Canadians in Canada. Interesting, isn’t it?

Hispanic pulpits

As Hispanics continue shaping many aspects of our main stream American culture, such as music, food and entertainment, imagine what they could do in terms of ministry. Hispanics represents a new frontier in ministry. Adding more Hispanic believers and churches to the Kingdom, represents a tremendous potential to impact America for God’s glory. So we must continue filling Hispanic pulpits across our nation.

 A Cultural experience

Some of us, who grew up attending Hispanic churches, know that worship can be a cultural experience. Hispanics are highly relational individuals as a whole. We know that Hispanics are also more likely to receive advice from family members and friends than from institutions. So it makes sense, from a cultural standpoint, that Latinos may be more open to receive a gospel message from a fellow Hispanic pastor, spiritual leader or friend. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not conveying that Anglo-churches cannot reach or should not reach out to Hispanics. We are the church and we are called to reach out to everyone! That is our Great Commission (Matthew 16:20). I am only stating that we as humans tend to relate and fellowship with people who share the same interests, values and preferences. So it makes sense that Hispanics may want to attend Hispanic or bi-cultural churches.

 Resources to the ministry

In terms of purchasing power, Hispanics reached a buying power comprised of $1 trillion in 2010 and it is expected to grow to $1.5 trillion in 2015, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth from the University of Georgia. The U.S. Hispanic purchasing power is larger than many Latin American economies, including Mexico’s GDP. Why do I mention this? Because I think that it’s important to know that Hispanics, as a community, have the resources for God’s Kingdom. They could be a huge blessing to the church.

Divine power

As we try to reach out to Hispanics, it is essential that churches have a church-wide initiative that includes an understanding of Hispanic values and cultural nuances. Hispanic culture goes beyond language, but I’ll leave that for another post. Whether is through Hispanic outreach ministries or Hispanic church plantings, churches need to take a serious look to our U.S. Hispanic communities. If more Hispanic churches are to be planted, then more pastors are to be equipped for ministry. Education remains a gap among the Hispanic community and other populations. Whatever the case is at your local community, we cannot reach a new generation of Hispanics without the help and power of the Holy Spirit, we must depend on it. After all, we are trying to reach a new frontier in ministry.

Roberto Ponce is Director of Communications at Global University. For more information about Global University go to http://think.globaluniversity.edu

 

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Welcome. Bienvenidos.

Sep 28 2011 Published by under Español

Welcome to Harvest 365, our weekly blog from Global University!  We want this blog serve as a communication vehicle where ministers can exchange ideas and experiences about life and ministry.

We believe that all of us are called to serve in the Kingdom. Whether you are a full-time minister, a bi-vocational minister or a lay leader, this blog is for you. The Bible tells us about the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38) and the need for more workers.  

At Global University, our calling is to equip workers for the harvest at home and around the world. Since we equip workers like you, we want to recognize your ministry.

Any day of the year can bring an opportunity to minister to someone. For instance, as a shepherd of a congregation you provide encouragement to parents, when they have a sick child in the hospital. My wife and I shared an experience such as this, when our new born daughter underwent a major surgery a few years ago. Let me share with you how great it was to have the company of our pastor during the surgery. For him, it didn’t matter that it was very late at night on a weekday. He probably had a long day, yet he came to the hospital. I don’t recall what he said, but I remember that he prayed for us and that he was there for our family. We just want to honor what you do in ministry any given day 365 days of the year.

Life

Life can be challenging. Maybe this is an understatement, but we know it to be true. As Christians, we can find hope knowing that God has a perfect plan for our lives. Romans 8:28 shows us how God works everything for good. However, when we are feeling down as a result of financial issues, sickness or any other challenge that we might be facing, we need encouragement from our peers. I believe God uses godly people to lift us up. You can be such a blessing to others with a simple yet timely comment.  After all, we are called not to be silent. Acts 18:9.

Topics

By visiting our blog, you can expect postings with a wide array of topics that are relevant to life and ministry.  Whether it is finances, immigration in America, health, church management, stewardship, missions and other topics, we want to start a conversation…a dialog about Christian living and life in ministry. We want this blog to become a true resource for pastors, ministers and workers.

We need your help! For this blog to be effective as a communication tool to share experiences, you ought to be a key part of the process.  So please post your edifying comments and share your experiences with us and others.  Join the conversation at Harvest 365, post comments or submit an article for consideration. I am sure you will be a blessing to others as others can be a blessing to you. Let’s chat.

 Roberto Ponce is Director of Communications at Global University.  He can be reached at rponce@globaluniversity.edu.  For more information about Global University go to http://think.globaluniversity.edu

 

 

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