Hispanic Ministry Strategy

From total disintegration to wholeness in Christ

Background Information
• The work among Hispanics in Austin is a hybrid between working among International and National people’s groups. Success depends on the understanding of this complexity. • HCBC NW En Español Ministry seeks to bring the redeeming power of the gospel in the Hispanic population for a complete transformation. We understand gospel not just as a narrative but as a power that transforms people in their environment.

Key to understand the strategy
• The strategy could be visualized as a two sided coin: Transformational Community Development Programs on one side, Missional Communities on the other side. • Both are inseparable and interdependant.



TRANSFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS DIRECTOR EMERGENCY SERVICES RELIEF SERVICES DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TRANSFORMATIONAL SERVICES Crisis Management Immediate Response team Benevolence Community School Acts 2:44 Mentoring Community Assesments Network Relief Services Agencies Seminars Counseling Disasters Network Civic Community Social Services CR Microbusiness Marriage Encounters Transportation Cars .

dependency. survival mode. family and cultural disintegration. social and cultural transformation . without Christ and without Hope.People flow dynamics • TCDP finds people in a condition of personal. • TCDP’s purpose is to move people through a four stages program to a condition of individual.

DEFINITIONS Transformational: our goal is that the eternal message of the gospel will bring transformation to the entire person and his/her relationships. . Community: the program is part of a wholistic strategy that combines social services with cell group life integrated into the surrounded community (missional communities).

services can combine projects (short term) into programs (long term). Programs: different services are part of an integrative strategy. . The life span of the strategy have long range goals more than quick wins.DEFINITIONS Development: we target for self reliance and multiplication.



Build Trust • Social transformation starts with building trust— trust between the HCBC NW Spanish Ministry. This step could last from two months to two years. This involves building and nurturing relationships across cultural and social lines in the community and between the community leadership and their members. the individuals and the community. .

highimpact intervention. As the community works together. toy distribution. Turkey distribution.Come Together • Community participation gains momentum in this phase. Great Adventure. meal distribution. relationships are strengthened. Local leaders and cell group members are encouraged to rally together to participate in early activities: Backyard Bible Clubs. These are excellent opportunities to mobilize the community because it is a high-visibility. . and benevolence assistance. These stronger ties become critical to the success of the steps that follow.

. community members assess their needs and priorities and develop a multiyear plan of action. as the many positive effects tend to carry over into other areas of community life. Men. Together they determine how a large portion of the project budget is to be allocated.Make Decisions • During this phase. women and youth are involved in this process.

but lets the community work together to design its own solutions. they begin designing practical steps to take them there. The Spanish Ministry TCDP provides oversight and assistance. nutrition and other activities and projects. health. These can include: trade training.Design Solutions • Now that a community has decided where they want to go. . children literacy programs.

Food Marketing Co-Ops. Economic and productive activities become the engine that sustain and perpetuates these structures for years to come without outside help. . Communities experience ownership as they create durable community structures such as a Health Committee. Literacy Association. and Community Credit Unions.Take Ownership • The final step in this transformation marks the beginning of true self-sustainability for a community.

PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION These are the steps a community takes toward physical transformation. Typically begin with food security. literacy programs or ESL classes and build on each other to self-sustaining economic development. . All of these strategies are often visible simultaneously in a mature project.

Health/Sanitation • Lack of health insurance and inadequate sanitation jeopardize the most vulnerable: children and women. . Programs to educate and bring services providers to the community elevate the expectations of success in life and hope for a future.

combined with traditional nutritional malpractices create a “perfect storm” especially in the young generation. The implementation of a food bank and nutritional assistance capacity training programs could help the present situation and prevent malnutrition in the future.Nutrition • Lack of employment and problems regarding immigration status. .

Parents at the same time need to build capacity in areas like English language proficiency. trades. They are normally born from uneducated parents and their possibility of extra assistance at home is nonexistent. mentoring strategies and after hours coaching are essential to improve their scores as well as to avoid frustration that later is transformed into drop outs.Education/Vocational • One key problem children of immigrants confront is the lack of home support for their education. . and other vocational training that could open up better job opportunities or the development of micro businesses. Literacy programs.

Legal/Immigration • Without attacking the root of all the problems of the poor Hispanics. all efforts to assist them are compromised. . Immigration and legal advice are critical components previous to making any real impact in their physical needs.

Microenterprise programs provide capital. Micro-grants. help sustain self-governing community structures as they continue their partnership with the church. . along with small business training and other services. when hard-working but poor families increase and better manage their household incomes. build capacity and provide technical assistance to the entrepreneurial poor. the entire community is strengthened. who then repay their loans to a revolving loan fund.Economic Development • Finally.

. The success of the entire program depends on this and it is the foundation and base of all its activities. There is no transformation possible outside a spiritual transformation that births from a healthy relationship with Christ and His transforming power.SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION The underlying cause of the process of transformation hinges around the community and its individuals experiencing an encounter with God.

" ~ St. As people start seeing Christian love and care in action they begging to open up to the message. if necessary use words. The gospel is communicated first by actions and attitudes than by words. . Francis of Assisi.Deed • "Preach the gospel always.

serving one another. communicates the effective power of transformation. Even when confronting crisis and setback. .Life • Life in the small group. living a transparent Christian life in the small group. grace communicated in those circumstances has the power to present an example of the way God relates to the sinner. caring one for the other.

. The Bible Study and the one-on-one gospel presentation of the gospel while being lived out in the life of the small group clearly challenge people to make an eternal commitment with Christ that will transform their lives as well as their families forever.Word • The power of the message when evident in the lives of the messengers invites and confronts people to a decision regarding the focus of the message which is Christ and he crucified.

This gives credence to the testimony of believers.Signs • The community sees God’s answers to public prayer. .

. a Hebrew concept referring to people in right relationship with God. This experience.Shalom • True transformation culminates with “Shalom”. can be reproduced in other places. then. A local church becomes a beacon to surrounding communities. their neighbor. and their environment.


.In a traditional Ministry: Cell Ministry is only a department.

.In A Cell Ministry. . The Cell is The Ministry! Everyone belongs to a cell of no more than 12 persons. .

people are put into programs.In a traditional ministry. HOW MANY PROGRAMS ARE IN YOUR CHURCH? .

..In a Cell ministry. People are in cells. .

Cell Groups Network or Missional Communities • The purpose of the cell group network is to become centers of spiritual transformation to communities where the groups are located. center and life of the ministry. • The cell group is the focus. Interconnectivity and alignment are the two most critical factors for growth in the system. • The cell group side of the strategy works in a network. . all happens in the missional community formed by the group.

ENTRY POINTS • The strategy has many different “entry points” where people could start their process towards wholeness. TCDP Alabanza Fiesta Missional Community – Cell Group .




46-47 Beginning Believers and Unbelievers Developing Believers Multiplying Believers for Leadership and Ministry  Kingdom Advance Acts 1:8 Matthew 6:33 • Worship John 4:21-24 .PROCESS Biblical Principles  Ministry Practice Kingdom Results Four Results  Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20 Open Groups • Evangelistic Bible Study •Foundational Numerical Growth Acts 2:41. 13:1-3 • Fellowship Acts 2:42. 47  Five Functions • Evangelism 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Closed Groups • Equip to Serve • Discipleship Ephesians 2:8-10 • Ministry Ephesians 4:11-15 All Cells Together Worship and Events • Celebration • Proclamation • Evangelism • Build Leaders • Accountability Ministry Evaluation and Planning  Spiritual Transformation 2 Corinthians 3:18 John 13:31-17:26  Ministry Expansion Acts 6:1-3.

. ..::. ::::: .:. Equipping Supporting Task: Evangelism Nurture Training Churchmanship Discipleship Leadership Friendship Lordship Partnership .:. 17 Emphasis: .. ::..:..::. Disciple’s Role: . . .::::.: .::.:.:: .GOD & The Master Builder Discipler’s Role: Witness 1Cor 1:18 1Cor 2:1-5 Parent 1Cor 3:1-3 Servant 1Cor 3:5-6 Steward Encourager 1Cor 4:1 1Cor 3:7-9 1Cor 3:10-16 1Cor 4:6.:..:.:.::: …..:. .

(4) all believers are expected to enter cell leaders training. (6) a person becomes a disciple when he or she opens a cell. (3) everyone who enters the ministry is a potential cell leader. (7) everyone must be ministered in order to minister. (2) a cell group opens when a leader is trained. .STRATEGY OF THE MINISTRY 7 Supporting principles: (1) CG focus in multiplication. (5) every leader is a potential mentor.

(6) in-depth teaching. (2) life in the cell.STEPS OF THE MINISTRY 7 Steps: (1) initial follow-up. (5) lead a cell group. (3) encounter retreat. (4) school of leadership / MEP. . (7) school of teachers.

• (3) you meet in your open cell. • (4) you meet with those to whom you mentor. • (2) you meet with your mentor. .CRITICAL MEETINGS • Four meetings: • (1) you meet with the large community in the worship celebration.

Worship Discipleship Fellowship Mission Ministry . Action plan developed in MEP (Leadership Community).PURPOSES 5 Purposes applied in each cell individually and in the network congregationally.

(2) leader. . (3) mentor/coordinator of 5.MEP (LEADERSHIP COMMNITY) MEP meets in three levels: (1) apprentice.

Cell leader connects with TCDP recipients to get involved in cell community. Group meets once a week for Bible Study and fellowship. . but serve to each other and to the surrounding community every day of the week. not just a meeting.CELL GROUP COMPOSITION Life in the cell group is an ongoing experience.

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