A Future for the Latino Church
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A Future for the Latino Church: Models for Multilingual, Multigenerational Hispanic
by Daniel A. Rodriguez
Many assume that Hispanic ministry in North America still necessarily focuses on Spanish-
language congregations. But over 60 percent of all American Latinos were born in the United
States and are now English dominant.
Daniel Rodriguez argues that effective Latino ministry and church planting are now centered in
second-generation, English-dominant leadership and congregations. Based on his observation of
dozens of cutting-edge Latino churches across the country, Rodriguez reports on how innovative
congregations are ministering creatively to the next generations of Latinos. In-depth case
studies reveal how gifted leaders are reaching beyond their own demographics to have lasting
impact on their wider communities.
The future of the Latino church is multilingual, multigenerational and multiethnic. Those who
"live in the hyphen" between Latino and American can become all things to all Latinos, sharing
the gospel in ways that language is no barrier.
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Meet the Author
Daniel A. Rodriguez
is associate professor of religion and Hispanic studies at
Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He serves on the board of directors for the
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and on the steering committee for the Global
Missions Conference of the Churches of Christ.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Manuel Ortiz
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: A Moment Of Transition in the Barrio
1. Living in the Hyphen
2. Multigenerational Hispanic Churches
3. Multiethnic, Predominately Hispanic Churches
4. Good News and Good Works in the Barrio
5. The Local Church as Organic Seminary
6. The New Hispanic Challenge
Conclusion: A Future for the Latino Church
Name and Subject Index