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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.

2017 image.pngIf 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. 

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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.

Related News

Planting Seeds of Hope
Francisco CaƱas, director of the United Methodist National Plan for Hispanic-Latino Ministry, talks about the National Plan’s growing diversity, present-day demands, and a view of the future.
Key Actions for Ministry and Strategic Planning in Any Community
Manuel Padilla, National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, offers best practices for ministry that local churches across the connection can use.
Thomas Kemper on Local Plans and Global Connections
Thomas Kemper’s article is highlighted on making connections between the national ministry plans for the US and the global mission of the denomination.
The Rev. Sam Om is blessed for service by fellow missionaries.
At the Intersection of Local Plans and Global Connections
The denomination’s ethnic/language ministry plans in the US, are local, national and global in scope.
Connection for New Church Starts
Mission Initiatives, National Plans, and GBOD’s Path One will work closely together.

New Website for NPHLM

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Download the 2013-2016 Quadrennium Booklet

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

2015 National Consultation News

Read the article by the Rev. Francisco Cañas
March 12-14, 2015
Duke Divinity School, Durham NC.

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Contact Information

National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry
General Board of Global Ministries
458 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Francisco Canas,
Executive Director
(404) 460-7560

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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.

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