The USA/Canada Hispanic Quadrennial Conference took place at the facilities of MidAmerica Nazarene University and the Olathe College Church of the Nazarene on June 6-8.
About 170 people participated in the plenary sessions and workshops and more than 300 people came during the evening services. Pastors, youth, and lay leaders representing 30 districts attended, some coming from as far as Maryland and California. A tour of the Church of the Nazarene's Global Ministry Center was organized on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
The conference introduced the vision established by the region's Hispanic/Latino coordinators in October 2009 to double the number of Hispanic congregations by the year 2020 to a total of 1,000 congregations. The region's Latino population is growing rapidly; there are now 50 million residents, and a population of 60 million is projected by the year 2020.
During one evening service, Gustavo Crocker, Eurasia regional director, spoke on the themes "This is your promise," "This is your time," and "This is your mission." At the end of the message, an invitation to the altar was given and many people responded.
Bob Broadbooks presented the Five Key Strategies for the USA/Canada Region. The conference's workshops were in alignment with these five strategies.
Roberto Hodgson gave an overview of the state of the Hispanic/Latino church and presented the strategic components from the Hispanic Ministries office to advance the kingdom of God and to reach the goal of 1,000 congregations. He reported that there are about 1,000 students in ministerial preparation in 27 district training centers across the USA/Canada Region.
The Master’s Plan committee identified 12 key cities and plans to present The Master’s Plan
next year in order to assist the Hispanic/Latino churches in those areas. Another of the plan's components is to train coordinators and pastors with the Church Planting Essentials material in collaboration with the Office of Evangelism and New Church Development during the November 5-9 conference in Lenexa, Kansas. The vision is to train the participants, who will in turn train men and women to start new churches, creating reproducible church planting strategy for a missional movement.
The next quadrennial Hispanic/Latino family reunion will be in June 2016 with the theme "Advancing the Vision 2020."
--USA/Canada Multicultural Ministries