Hispanic/Latino Academy for Christian Formation and Church Leadership Report to Tennessee Annual Conference June 2008

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And the angel said, “Do not be afraid! For see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for ALL the people! Luke 2:10 Pero el ángel les dijo: “No temáis; porque he aquí os doy nuevas de gran gozo, que será para TODO el pueblo” The Hispanic/Latino Academy was formed on September 1, 2007, as an arm of the Conference Committee on Hispanic Ministries and in collaboration with the Cal Turner, Jr. Center for Church Leadership at Martin Methodist College. Its purpose is the same as that of The United Methodist Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World! Christian formation and developing leadership for the Hispanic Church is a crucial task, especially when Tennessee has the fourth fastest growing Hispanic/Latino population in the United States! Data also shows that Hispanic/Latino persons are more open to Protestantism than is often believed. There are five primary functions of ministry within the formation process of the Academy:

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Identify and Engage persons in their own context Receive persons and affirm their call and passion for ministry Equip persons as disciples of Jesus Christ Send persons to serve as Christian leaders in the home, church and community, and Nurture persons as they engage in the daily living of their faith and ministry

The essential expression of Hispanic/Latino ministries are: Radical Hospitality, Evangelism, Outreach, Worship, Bible Study, and Prayer and Praise. Thanks to the work of many persons over the last few years, and more intently in the last nine months, there are now 13 Hispanic Ministries, faith communities, and congregations within the Tennessee Conference, making disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Cookeville: Conexión - Miguel Carpizo Monterrey Familia de Dios, – Carlos Merida Smithville La Hermosa, – Emilio Hernandez & John Purdue Winchester “Ama a Tu Prójimo” - Enrique Hernandez &Jim Clardy Shelbyville Cannon UMC - Enrique Hernandez & Jim Clardy Riddleton Chapel Hill Hispanic Congregation - Tito Hernandez & Eric Limbo and a second campus at Lafayette 7. Nashville, “Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida – Alejandro Hinojosa 8. Crossville and Fairfield Glade Cumberland Hispanic Fellowship at First UMC & Fairfield Glade UMC – Eliud Martinez, Max Mayo & John Halliburton 9. Murfreesboro, First UMC - Carlos Uroza & Michael O’Bannon 10.Springfield New Chapel – Joyce McAlister & Kevin Marston 11.Nashville, West Nashville Hispanic Ministries – Laura Feliciano & Dennis Meaker 12.Nashville,“Our Neighbors” Hispanic Ministry at Hillcrest UMC, Barbara Garcia & Paul Purdue 13.McMinnville Living Water/Agua Viva , First UMC – Francisco Gale & Steve Angus And conversations are under way with Brentwood, Inglewood, Good Shepherd, City Road and Fellowship in Clarksville. In addition, possibilities in Smyrna, LaVergne, and Southeast Murfreesboro are being surveyed. The Academy is equipping a new generation of Hispanic/Latino Christian leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ by:

--In September Hispanic leaders already involved in Hispanic Ministries in the conference gathered and the Tennessee Hispanic Incubator Covenant Group was formed. It is based in the Wesleyan tradition of the “Class Meeting” to provide support and hold one another accountable. They meet a full day once a month to pray and work on their Ministry Action Plan focused on transforming their setting of ministry into a disciple making faith community --On November 2-4, twenty persons from the Hispanic/Latino faith communities attended the Lay Speakers Training led by the Rev. Alejandro Hinojosa of Primera Iglesia Metodista in Nashville at Hillcrest UMC. The next course in Spanish will be in November, 2008. --On November 1, eleven high school students from the different ministries and faith communities visited Martin Methodist College to explore and to start imagining themselves on a college campus! Now there are two Hispanic students at Martin Methodist, beginning their college education! --On February 15-16, sixty four women and children attended the first Spiritual Growth Retreat for Hispanic/Latino Women! They studied and reflected on women in the Bible—persons like Ruth and Naomi, and the Samaritan woman, whose faith, devotion and mutual support gave them the strength to overcome the difficulties in their lives in a strange land and to understand God’s plan for their lives. --On March 8,The Academy, with many from the Incubator Covenant Group, supported and participated in the kick off Evangelistic Campaign of the new Hispanic ministry at First UMC in McMinnville with Pastor and Mrs. Gale and Pastor Angus. 217 adults, youth and children shared in worship and a meal hosted by the English-speaking congregation. Fifty six Hispanic/Latino persons were from the McMinnville area. --On March 28-29, 26 pastors and lay persons participated in the ‘Module I’ Training prepared by the National Plan for Hispanic Ministries in the United Methodist Church. This module focuses on Bible study, Mission and Ministry of the Church in the Hispanic/Latino context, and how to form missional strategies on making disciples of Jesus Christ. The second and third Module trainings will be offered in the fall in evangelism and Christian education. --There are on-going consultations with individuals and congregations to mentor and support leadership and foster Hispanic/Latino Ministries in the conference. --In addition, the CCOCM staff decided to take a Spanish class! The Academy works with Hispanic/Latino congregations and faith communities, and also with English speaking congregations, who want to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with ALL people in the Tennessee Conference area. Are we ready to reach out to the Hispanic Community to be part of our Church family? Are we ready to set a goal of 7 new ministries by June, 2009? LET US NOT BE AFRAID! The Good News is for ALL! The Hispanic/Latino is available to help you reach beyond the walls of your church to share the Good News! We give thanks to God for providing in such grace-filled ways for this ministry, and The Academy also expresses appreciation for the support from: Bishop Wills, and the Cabinet; the CCOCM and Loyd Mabry; Ted Brown, Domenic Nigrelli and Mary Nobel Parish at Martin Methodist College; Board of Higher Education and Ministry; John Purdue, Chair of the Committee on Hispanic Ministries; The Academy Advisory Team; The Hispanic pastors and leaders; To Juan Manuel Barrera, Tom Nankervis and Bill freeman for their technical assistance; To Alejandro Hinojosa, Trish Myrick and John Ferguson for their narration; To Trish Myrick, Vicki Sharber, and Mary T. Newman for their constant help; and The whole Annual Conference for their support in developing Hispanic/Latino Ministries in the Tennessee Conference. Joaquin Garcia, Director Hispanic/Latino Academy for Spiritual Formation and Church Leadership

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