Many pastors and leaders ask me about how to reach out to the Latino community in their American city. The first thing that comes to mind is that I am not a Latino and so perhaps my counsel may not be all that helpful. But the truth is, sometimes someone from "the outside" can help give at least a different perspective.
I've got some experience in this. I've co-planted a church in Central Florida, a Latin hotbed. But more importantly, I've lived in Brazil for over 6 years, where I'm married to a Brazilian, with Portuguese as the primary language in our house. Besides that, I'm pastoring a Brazilian church where I get the privilege and challenge of preaching in Portuguese every week. My life is steeped in "Latino" culture (although some Brazilians don't consider themselves Latinos, nor Hispanics). Yet the truth is, there are a lot of similarities among South American, Central American and Caribbean cultures that probably justify the generic name Latino.
At the risk of over-justifying myself as authoring this post, I simply want to share seven considerations for a non-Latino pastor or leader interested in reaching Latinos. So let's get to it.
seven considerations for reaching latinos through your church
1. all latinos are not the same.
2. Don't just start a separate worship service.
3. consider live translation as a first step.
4. Consider LAtino community groups.
5. Consider a spanish/portuguese speaking church plant.
6. don't forget to Get to know latinos.
7. consider a mission trip to latin/south america.
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