MNA Hispanic American Ministries Collaborate Conference

March 6 at 9AM to March 7 at 1PM, 2018
Grace Presbyterian Church
Dalton GA

Conference attendeeDid you know that Hispanics are the largest minority in the USA and that our country has the second largest Hispanic population of any nation in the world? The Lord brought this plentiful harvest to our doorstep and a growing number of PCA churches and presbyteries are eager to reach them with the gospel.  The most common strategy PCA churches employ for reaching Hispanics is to call a Hispanic leader to establish a Spanish language congregation as a part of the existing body.  We will look at some of the unique challenges Hispanic leaders face in these cross-cultural partnerships.  These cultural differences may handicap, marginalize or even destroy the ministry. Our goal is to present strategies for reaching Hispanics, bring potential problems to light and present practical ways Hispanic and Anglo pastors can effectively partner. Our speakers bring unique perspectives for Hispanic in the PCA. Don’t miss it!

Strategies for reaching Hispanics:

Many Americans view Hispanics as a homogenous group, when, in fact, Hispanics are not a single race but a mixture of many races and ethnicities and different levels of assimilation into U.S. culture. The intricate nature of Hispanic ministry calls for different approaches to promote church vitality. In this workshop, we will present important strategies for reaching Hispanics.

The tension created by language:

To some people, the idea of reaching and assimilating Spanish speakers into the life of an English speaking Reformed and Presbyterian church sounds like an impossible task. Not only is it possible, it can generate deep and rich body life. In this workshop, we will focus on the importance of having a common vision, a shared commitment and growing trust.

The tension created by time:

Americans think of time as a precious, even scarce, commodity. Success and time management go hand in hand. Clocks and schedules rule daily activities. Hispanics not very interested in schedules or punctuality. For them, the present reality always gets the priority. These conflicting views of time can destroy the ministry.  In this workshop, we will focus on the importance of having realistic expectations and goals.

Registration:

Contact Hernando Saenz  hsaenz@pcanet.org  678-488-0643. ONLINE REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

Men: $100/ person. Includes convocation materials, 4 meals (Tuesday lunch and dinner; Wednesday breakfast and lunch) and one night of lodging at the church mission housing.

Women: $50/ person.  Includes convocation materials and 4 meals (Tuesday lunch and dinner; Wednesday breakfast and lunch). Does not include lodging at the church mission housing.

Couples: $100/couple.  Includes convocation materials and 4 meals (Tuesday lunch and dinner; Wednesday breakfast and lunch). Does not include lodging at the church mission housing.