A missiological response to the emergent Latino population in the United States
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SubjectHispanic Americans -- Missions.
Church work with Hispanic Americans.
Church development, New -- United States.
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This dissertation examines the need for a three-pronged missiological response to the emergent Latino population in the United States. Chapter 1 introduces the need for a missiological response to the Latino population in the United States. It begins with a history of the Hispanic presence in this country, including an in-depth look at the present population configuration. This chapter also examines the cultural idiosyncrasies of Latinos. Chapter 2 begins with the explanation of the primary response to the Latino population in the United States: church planting. Both the biblical basis for church planting and the demographic need for more Hispanic churches in the country are examined. The chapter also identifies the problems of planting churches and provides an effective model for church planting among the Hispanics of the United States. Chapters 3 and 4 are complementary to the church planting chapter. Chapter 3 delineates the need for social ministry as a part of church planting in the Hispanic context. In an effort to avoid social ministry for social ministry's sake alone, the chapter begins with a biblical basis for social ministry. The discussion continues with an examination of different perspectives on the subject. The chapter includes a discussion of how the Hispanic church can biblically participate in social ministry white, at the same time, avoiding becoming a mere social agency. The chapter concludes with suggestions for the types of ministry needed by the Hispanic community. Chapter 4 discusses leadership development, the third part of the proposed missiological response. The premise is that for healthy churches to develop from the needed Hispanic church plants, leaders must be trained to minister in them. Attention, therefore, is given to the types of leadership development needed to develop a healthy Hispanic church model. The discussion includes effective models of leadership development for both the laity and clergy. Model programs are recommended for church-based programs and for formal education. Chapter 5 draws the three elements of the proposed missiological response to a proper conclusion. The chapter also includes suggestions for further research in this area.