Written in Spanish for ministry in Protestant Latino churches.
The growth and religious commitment of the Latino community in the U.S. presents a unique set of challenges for pastors in that community. Latino Protestant Churches—Ministry Challenges in the 21st Century identifies and analyzes the contemporary challenges facing Latino Protestant churches in the United States and some of the issues they are likely to face in the future. Latino pastors, and others working in the community, need to understand and grapple with these challenges. As the Latino community continues to grow and diversify, effective church leaders in Latino Protestant churches will retool their ministries to address these changes. Table of Contents:IntroductionI. Challenges faced by the Latino Protestant ChurchA. Our IdentitiesB. Migration and GlobalizationC. Cultural Realities and TensionsD. Latinos in the Social and Political ArenaE. Theological ChallengesF. Latino Evangelization in the United StatesG. Denominational ChallengesII. Current ResponsesA. Societal Responses to the Latino CommunityB. Ways the Church Has Responded1. Catholic Responses2. Protestant ResponsesIII. Resources for Ministry Within the Latino Community and ChurchA. Extender Family TiesB. Vibrant FaithC. Flexible Cultural ModelsD. Multicultural CongregationsE. Commitment to both Personal and Social Aspects of the GospelF. Ministry in the Margins of SocietyIV. Responding Today and TomorrowA. Understanding the Growing DiversityB. Various Latino Church ModelsC. Ministering to Today's NeedsD. Preparing the Next GenerationE. Developing New Models of InterdependenceF. Images of a Church in ActionG. Leaders for Tomorrow's ChurchH. Beyond the Latino CommunityConclusion -- Dreams and Visions1. The Latino Protestant Church of the Future2. Being a Part of the Kingdom and a Part of Our World3. Taking our place in God's Vision4. Toward the Unity of the Church5. Flashes of God's Future
Juan Martinez is Assistant Dean for the Hispanic Church Studies Department and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership at Fuller Seminary.