As of Spring 2011, the Hispanic/Latino Committee for our conference has completed a ministry visioning process that we hope will guide us over the next few years as we seek to connect Hispanic/Latino ministry practitioners with each other, with ministry partners throughout the conference, and with the larger United Methodist Church. Together we hope to reach new people for Christ, encourage one another in ministry, and embody the hope, love and peace that God has for all God’s children.
The Hispanic / Latino committee of the North Carolina Annual Conference recently went through an extensive visioning process that sought input and reflection from practitioners in ministry around our conference. The resulting vision statement is below. Stay tuned to this website which will will be getting new updates and details soon!
In order to strengthen and grow Hispanic/Latino Ministries and foster hope and greater unity in our church, we will facilitate:
1. Communicating with and advocating for our constituents, including conference office, pastors, districts, annual conference, Hispanic/Latino partners
2. Building connections with partners including districts, MARCHA, existing teams, Duke Divinity School
3. Developing lay and clergy leaders
4. Providing spiritual support for each other by bringing people together to share stories and pray
33 »Cuando algún extranjero se establezca en el país de ustedes, no lo traten mal. Al contrario, trátenlo como si fuera uno de ustedes. Ámenlo como a ustedes mismos, porque también ustedes fueron extranjeros en Egipto. Yo soy el Señor y Dios de Israel. – Levítico 19:34 –
33 When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. – Leviticus 19:33-44
The mission of the Hispanic House of Studies is to assist the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences and Duke Divinity School in supporting and strengthening ministries to and with Hispanics and Latinos in North Carolina.
The vision of the National Plan is that Hispanic and Latino people will experience new and abundant life as they experience God through Jesus Christ and that The United Methodist Church, by the very sharing of this message through word and deed, will be energized in new and exciting ways (the winds of Pentecost at work).