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The Hispanic\Latino-a community is represented by a variety of different cultures and nationalities and represents a mixed culture composed of people from South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain and other places. Hispanics/Latinos are the largest racial ethnic group in the United States and the third largest racial ethnic group in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
They are represented by 314 congregations and missions in the United States, with more than 40,000 members. Eighteen percent of our pastors are women and fifteen percent are commissioned ruling elders. Hispanic\Latinos are involved in evangelism, church growth, worship renovation and also provide a new vision for the mission in this century. We are equal partners in ministry, work and mission within the denomination. As pilgrims in a foreign land we have a divine mission to accomplish. We identify and affirm the Great Ends of the Church (G-1.0200 The Book of Order) as part of our mission and vision.
The Hispanic\Latino-a Congregational Support Office is a Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministry area. We are participants in the spiritual journey and formation for the Hispanic/Latino-a constituency by doing theology, incarnating our ministries inside the Presbyterian, Reformed and Hispanic/Latino-a context.
What We Do
Hispanic/Latino-a Congregational Support promotes evangelism and the growth of Hispanic/Latino churches by providing information and assistance to local congregations and councils (Presbyteries, Synods, GA, etc).
We support national, regional and local programs of evangelism, development of new churches and 1,001 new worshipping communities, transformation of churches, leadership training, stewardship, seminarians, commissioned ruling eldes, women, men, youth and young adults.
We identify and articulate the unique cultural heritage and traditions of Hispanic Americans and recommend ways in which the church can benefit from and use these qualities to the glory of God and the ministry of the Reformed church.
We implement the National Church Growth Hispanic/Latino-a strategy as part of the Racial Ethnic/Immigrant and Church Growth strategy of Racial Ethnic Ministries.
We work in partnership with other program areas in the creation, planning and development of resources and materials for Hispanic/Latino churches.
We promote cross-cultural and ecumenical events.
Historical and Theological Context
The roots of Hispanic Presbyterians in the United States and Latin America are deeply planted in the soil of nineteenth century missionary work carried out by foreign or national boards. The first roots are grounded in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico. Presbyterians have more than a century-long history of involvement with Hispanic\Latinos . There are third and even fourth generations of faithful Presbyterians among Hispanic\Latinos of the Southwest. Read More