Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hispanic Churches Adopt More English To Appeal To U.S.-Born Latinos

"As the nation's Hispanic population has grown to 50 million, so too has the Spanish-language church, one of the largest segments of U.S. Christianity. But compared to previous decades, when the growth in the Hispanic population came from immigration, and when many of the nation's biggest Spanish-speaking congregations blossomed, the growth of Hispanics in the last decade has been led by second-generation and third-generation Hispanics... The latest national census showed that native-born Hispanics, who tend to prefer English, now account for nearly two-thirds of the group"
Click here to read the entire report

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Our Multi-Ethnic Savior

"The biblical world of Jesus thus spans Africa, Asia, and Europe, which means that Jesus walked the earth as a multi-ethnic human being, not as Black or White. None of these ancestors dominated his identity, unlike the days of slavery in the United States when a person who was even one-eighth Black (which amounted to a teaspoon of Black blood) was classified as Black. If this race rule were applied to Jesus, he would have been considered Black. But race rules don’t apply in scripture or in the kingdom of God. Jesus both transcends and dismantles race. The fact that he was multi-ethnic as a human being is significant.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross and the blood was dripping from his head, hands, and feet, that was multi-ethnic blood. When we say that Jesus died for all of our sins, that is true both figuratively and literally because all humanity was pumping through him and pouring out of him. He was the sacrificial lamb of all of sinful humanity and therefore embodies all of humanity in both the carrying and shedding of this precious blood. This truly is in this sense a substitutionary death. That is why the multi-ethnic and missional church must find identity in the multi-ethnic Jesus who is the Son of man and the Son of God. Through the Holy Spirit, this multi-ethnic Jesus lives in us. In him is new life and new identity" Efren Smith in “The Post-Black, Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World” (Jossey-Bass)

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Leadership and Yearning...

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery  “The Wisdom of the Sands”

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The "Browning" of US Denominations

Ed Setzer shares some interesting trends within denominations in the US...

Church of the Nazarene
1980 - 94.6% Anglo
1990 - 90.7% Anglo
2000 - 85.7% Anglo
2010 - 79.5% Anglo

Assemblies of God
2010 - 60% Anglo
• Since 1991, the number of predominantly black churches in the Assemblies of God has expanded by 176 percent
• More than 20% of weekly attendees are Hispanic

Foursquare Church
• 1 in 6 churches is Hispanic
• Approximately 20-25% of churches in the US are distinctly ethnic
• Ethnic church planting is among the fastest growing segments in the denomination

Southern Baptist Convention
1990 - 95% Anglo
2000 - 85% Anglo
2010 - 80% Anglo

To read the report click here

Friday, June 08, 2012

Programa de Adiestramiento para Lideres
Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 9 de Junio del 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nouwen on Traveling

“Traveling – seeing new sights, hearing new music, and meeting new people – is exciting and exhilarating. But when we have no home to return to where someone will ask us, “How was your trip?” we might be less eager to go. Traveling is joyful when we travel with the eyes and ears of those who love us, who want to see our slides and hear our stories. This is what life is about. It is being sent on a trip by a loving God, who is waiting at home for our return and is eager to watch the slides we took and hear about the friends we made. When we travel with the eyes and ears of the God who sent us, we will see wonderful sights, hear wonderful sounds, meet wonderful people … and be happy to return home.” -Henri Nouwen

Saturday, March 17, 2012

From a prayer attributed to St. Patrick

I arise today Through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Latinos to be 74% of the Growth in the US Labor Force till 2020

According to the Pew Center the share of the labor force that is Hispanic is projected to increase from 14.8% in 2010 to 18.6% in 2020. That is partly due to the relative youth and higher growth rate of the Hispanic population and partly due to the aging of the non-Hispanic white population and projected decline in its labor force.

From 2010 to 2020, Hispanics are expected to add 7.7 million workers to the labor force while the number of non-Hispanic whites in the labor force is projected to decrease by 1.6 million.

Consequently, Hispanics will account for the vast majority—74%—of the 10.5 million workers added to the labor force from 2010 to 2020.

Press here for the Pew Report

Sunday, February 12, 2012

MLK Jr About the Future of the Church

"If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century"
1963, Letter from Birmingham City Jail

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Prayer by Desmond Tutu

Disturb us, O Lord

when we are too well-pleased with ourselves
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord

when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the water of life
when, having fallen in love with time,
we have ceased to dream of eternity
and in our efforts to build a new earth,
we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim.

Stir us, O Lord

to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas
where storms show Thy mastery,
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes
and invited the brave to follow.

(From Church Then and Now by Kurt)