We are committed people who work to create more opportunities for Hispanic/Latinos to genuinely access a pathway to sit at the table as agents of transformation in society in the full establishment of God’s Kingdom.
The National Plan has developed a holistic program of leadership development that includes accompanying annual conferences by developing strategies to address the development of new congregations, and working on immigration and other critical social concerns. These are not three different stages, or three disparate concerns, but the very context and the clear purpose of the leadership development efforts.” – Dr. Justo Gonzalez
As we advance, Leadership Formation continues to be the heart of ministry – without it, the church cannot establish and nurture new congregations, address critical social issues and offer solutions, or develop effective strategies that can make significant impact in the life of the local church.
Rather than accepting just one traditional and historical model for all, the Hispanic/ Latino Leadership challenged the fundamental thinking of our connection and called for others in the region to develop a new and vital generation of leaders equipped with a good understanding of the extensive range of world views, cultural backgrounds, and theological perspectives present in the world today.
The new digital development process for Lay Missioners (¶269) is composed of a series of community reflection sessions denominated Encounters.
This process seeks to equip the participants with biblical, theological, and practical tools to work as teams with local pastors and laity to develop specific local ministries linked to the Conference Strategy for Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
The relevancy of the church in being part of the transformation of the world depends on vibrant leadership and, to a great extent, the cultivation of laity into faithful disciples. The success of this process depends on committed and principled clergy who are bold enough to see the Christ in the other.
The Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry has learned to reconstruct the formation of our leadership by creating new curricula and the adoption of structural changes.
These new paradigms include contextual and contemporary understandings in identifying, recruiting, equipping, and deploying new relevant leaders within our connection.
The Certified Lay Minister process (¶268) equips persons who, convinced of their vocation and in response to a ministerial calling, continue the development process to become part of a ministry team with the supervision of clergy to develop new and existing communities of faith.
Certified Lay Ministers are appointed by the Episcopal office in consultation with District Superintendents.
NPHLM Executive Committee
- Bishop Sally Dyck
- Bishop LaTrelle Easterling
- Rev. Dan Dick
- Rev. Ella Luna
- Rev. Ismael Ruiz Millan
- Rev. Juarez Gonçalves
- Laurie Day
- Rev. Lyssette Perez
- Raul Alegria
- Rosie Rios
The Road Before Us
With its dramatic, fast-paced changes and crossroad challenges, the twenty-first century represents for United Methodists another stage in history that puts the faith, values, and convictions of The UMC to the test.
It is a time in which we are called to renew our partnership with God on that timeless vision to create a world in which all of The UMC’s members, once transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, celebrate life in its fullness.
We are slowly but steadily moving in that direction, although there is still a long way to go and much work to be done.
Our Connectional Partners
- East Ohio
- Illinois Great Rivers
- Michigan Area
- Northern Illinois
- West Ohio
- Eastern Pennsylvania
- Greater New Jersey
- New England
- New York
- Upper New York
- North Texas
- Great Plains
- Alabama-West Florida
- North Alabama
- North Carolina
- North Georgia
- South Carolina
- South Georgia
- Western North Carolina
- Desert Southwest
- Pacific Northwest
- Rocky Mountain
- General Board of Global Ministries
- General Board of Discipleship
- General Board of Church and Society
- General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
- General Commission on Religion and Race
- General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
- Asian American Language Ministry
- Korean Ministry Plan
- Native American Comprehensive Plan
- Pacific Islander National Plan
- Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
- Justice For Our Neighbors
- Immigration Taskforce
- United Methodist Women
- Duke Endowment