Celebrating and reaching our Hispanic-Latino neighbors!

Posted: October 4, 2012 by efenster in Ideas, Resources

How are you observing Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, Sept. 15- Oct. 15th, which is being observed in the U.S.?   How about visiting the Indiana Conference’s demographic provider MissionInsite and studying…

  • how many Hispanic-Latinos live in your church’s community,
  • whether that number is projected to grow,
  • and where the Hispanic-Latino population lives within your community.

Manytimes this group is undercounted, so how about checking with your local schools to see what percentage Hispanic-Latino the student body is and what they perceive are unique needs and strengths of this special group.   You may also want to have a conversation with Rev. Sergio Reyes, pastor of Getsemani UMC in Fort Wayne, who serves on our conference Church Development staff to help with Hispanic church planting.

According to MissionInsite, currently about 6% of the Indiana’s population is Hispanic-Latino (again this figure may be low).  Although it actually is projecting this percentage to decrease slightly over the next five years, there are still around 400,000 persons many of whom are unchurched.  Perhaps God is counting on your church to reach them!

— Ed Fenstermacher, Assoc. Director of Church Development


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