A Church for all the Nations,
where all can hear the mighty works of God in their own tongue.”
The journey of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (NPHLM) began with a timeless vision. More than two decades ago, The United Methodist Church envisioned a world in which all cultures would hear of the saving acts of God and give witness to them in their own tongues. With its eyes fixed on this destination, the church started serving the Hispanic/Latino communities in the United States through a national plan for Hispanic/Latino ministry. In biblical language, the church dreamed of a community of faith that would include all of God’s beloved children and strengthened its efforts to build a church rich with the beauty of all races and cultures.
With faith and hope in a promising future as the Hispanic/Latino population was beginning to explode, the 1992 General Conference committed to support a national plan that would address the needs of the Hispanic/Latino community. Since that time, our church has enthusiastically endorsed the plan at the General Conferences of 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 and responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by every quadrennium.
For two decades, we have worked hard helping plant churches and revitalizing existing congregations. We have also trained leaders and created contextualized training resources. We have done our best. We have learned valuable lessons. We are grateful to God for blessing us and using us as channels of his never-ending love.
In order to be in effective ministry, we must be willing to see the social reality in which Hispanics/Latinos live. Seeing, however, is never enough. We must take the critical step of evaluating the social reality before us. As people of Christian faith, we must always do this critical evaluation through the lenses of Holy Scripture and faith. Finally, we must determine which actions we will take. We must always ground our action in an understanding of God’s will for God’s people. Our ultimate goal is the transformation of individuals, communities and the world in the name and power of Christ Jesus.
The cornerstone of the ministry of the NPHLM is collaboration and partnership with annual conferences, in order to develop effective strategies for the creation of local Hispanic/Latino ministries. Using the iceberg analogy, we could say that the main goal of our ministry strategies is not only to produce “results” but also to lay the foundation that will hold these results. In other words, we clearly define first the convictions that will motivate and guide our strategy and actions. We call this foundation our principles; and they are elaborated in terms of our mission, vision and values.
Once we define our principles, we discern our Action Plan, which we base on the priority of leadership development. It includes a three-year discipleship process aimed not only at equipping laity-and-clergy local mission teams in the didactic, spiritual and practical aspects of ministry, but also at creating an environment of accompaniment for all those walking this journey that we call Hispanic/Latino ministry.
The National Committee of the NPHLM is the entity responsible for overseeing and guiding the implementation of the National Plan.
Bishop Kenneth Carter
Council of Bishops
Bishop Cynthia Harvey
Council of Bishops
Rev. Dan Dick
General Board of Church and Society (GBCS)
Rev. Neal Christie
General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) – Staff
Rev. Ismael Ruiz-Millan
General Board of Global Ministries
Rev. Jorge Domingues
General Board of Global Ministries – Staff
Rev. DJ Del Rosario
General Board of Higher Ministry & Education (GBHEM)
Rev. David Martinez
General Board of Higher Ministry & Education (GBHEM)– Staff
Rev. Lourdes Calderón
General Board of Discipleship (GBOD)
Mr. Samuel Rodríquez
General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) – Staff
Rev. Lourdes Magalhaes
Ms. Delia Ramirez
Rev. Craig Stinson
Rev. Craig Nelson
Rev. Kenny Yi
New York AC
Rev. Edwin Cotto
Rev. Jorge Luis Mayorga Solis
Bishop Elías Galvan
Methodist Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans (MARCHA)
Rev. Francisco Cañas
Julia M. Ponce
James Duane Perdue Burke
Director of National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries
Missionary for Tools and Resources
Manager for Conference Relations and Strategy
GBOD – General Board of Discipleship – umcdiscipleship.org
GBHEM – General Board of Higher Education and Ministry – gbhem.org
GBCS – General Board of Church and Society – umc-gbcs.org
Mi Familia Center – mifamiliacenter.org/mission.php
Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministries Program – smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/MAP
La Casa De Estudios Hispanos – https://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/la-casa-de-estudios-hispanos
UMCOM – umcom.org
Global Praise – umcmission.org/Find-Resources/Global-Praise
Garret Theological Seminary – garrett.edu
Duke Endowment – dukeendowment.org
General Board of Religion and Race – gcorr.org
MARCHA – marchaumc.org
NDLON National Day Laborer Organizing Network – ndlon.org/en