Contribution to Book
Latino evangelism and church planting has traditionally focused on reaching first generation immigrant families from Spanish speaking countries. North American Division statistics demonstrate that the vast majority of Latino baptisms and membership are first generation Latinos. Yet the majority of Latinos in the U.S. are second and third generation, born in the United States. Generational differences make it clear that U.S. born Latinos cannot be reached with the same methods that are typically used with first generation Latinos. Through a partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist conferences in the Chicago area and the Lake Union we are proposing a strategy to plant a new church that ministers to second and third generation Latinos. This includes starting with a core group of bicultural and bilingual Latinos who have a passion to reach out to this people group. It also includes church planting instruction, coaching, and networking.The Lake Union leadership would like other Latino churches with English proficiency to implement a refined version of this approach to sharing the Gospel.
Generational Faith: Change and Consistency across Generations
The 180° Symposium
Mercado, Carmelo, "A Strategic Vision for Reaching U.S. Native Latinos in Chicago" (2012). 180 Symposium Publications. 33.
Posed with permission, Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University