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National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry

The vision of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry is based on the experience of the Holy Spirit's power on the day of Pentecost, of a "Church for all the Nations, where all can hear the mighty works of God in their own tongue" (Acts 2:8).

As a new reality is being born in our generation, the Lord of History brings together peoples of various cultures and traditions. It is within this larger context that The United Methodist Church began to consider its Hispanic/Latino ministries as more than an attempt to serve the rising Hispanic/Latino population of the US but instead as an opportunity to go above and beyond the call to faithfulness on the part of the entire church so that we may all join God's action in the creation and development of this new reality.

Drawing with children and river, corn, and sunIf we are to "reform the continent and spread Scriptural holiness," we must first respond faithfully to what God is doing in the land. We must eradicate racism and cultural chauvinism from our perspectives and rejoice in the future God is opening to us.

The National Plan strives for a dynamic and growing church, joyously sharing and living the Good News of Jesus Christ in a multiplicity of places, in a variety of cultural settings, reaching the Hispanic and Latino communities throughout the US and embracing their cultural richness and diversity.  Read more -  Areas of Ministry and Goals for 2013-2016.

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Core Values

  • Holistic: Assists annual conferences in training leaders, mobilizing congregations, and starting new communities of faith among and with Hispanic/Latinos.
  • People-Centered: Strengthening the movement of God's people in mission and ministry through the intentional process of acompañamiento (accompaniment or walking with).
  • Connectional: Striving to strengthen connectional ties both through teaching and practice and by working in partnership with United Methodist program agencies, annual conferences, and trained lay/clergy leaders.
  • Resourceful: Believing that the people or "el pueblo" themselves are the best resource the church can count on, the NPHLM trains thousands of lay persons for Hispanic/Latino ministry.
  • Prophetic: Emphasizing the need for the institutional church to speak a prophetic word of justice and hope in the midst of the serious social concerns and realities affecting these communities.

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Coordinator's Report

Read the report by the Rev. Francisco Cañas
October 23, 2013
New Orleans, La.

Download the 2013-2016 Quadrennium Booklet

The National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry of The United Methodist Church (pdf)

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Fall 2013 Newsletter

Download the Fall 2013 Newsletter (pdf) to read the latest news from NPHLM.

Related Information

The National Plans for Racial/Ethnic Ministries of the United Methodist Church from Hispanic/Latino Ministry Plan on Vimeo.

An brief introduction to the Racial/Ethnic Ministries and National Plans of the United Methodist Church.

Contact Information

National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministry
General Board of Global Ministries
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1476
New York, NY 10115

Francisco Canas, Director of National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministry
(Phone) 212- 870-3820
email: FCanas@umcmission.org

Julia Ponce, Program Associate, National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministry
(Phone) 212- 870-3693
email: JPonce@umcmission.org


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