2nd Generation Churches

imprrh@gmail.com —  December 24, 2012

Hispanic 2nd Generation people are among the largest (percentage wise) unchurched people in the USA. This may be why. (BTW, other inmigrant cultures are struggling with the same issues)

Recent Pew Hispanic Center10 tabulations of the 2009 American Community Survey” found that 62 percent of all Latinos are native-born, that is, they were born in the United States.12 Predictably, another important study revealed that 61 percent of all native-born Latinos were English-dominant, 35 percent were bilingual, while only 4 percent indicated that they were Spanish-dominant.13

These findings were similar to those published in 2005 by a multicultural market research firm that found that English is the undisputed language of preference among 1.5 generation14 and second-generation Latinos and becomes nearly absolute among third-generation Latinos.ls Here is the problem. Conventional Spanish-speaking ministry models are unintentionally designed to preserve the language and cultural preferences of foreign-born Latinos.

Sadly, this is usually done at the expense of their native-born English-dominant children and grandchildren. Though they represent more than 60 percent of all Latinos in this country, native-born Latinos, especially those who are English dominant, have been largely ignored by denominational and local church leaders who uncritically equate “Hispanic ministry” with “Spanish-language ministry.”
Daniel A. Rodriguez. A Future for the Latino Church: Models for Multilingual, Multigenerational Hispanic Congregations (Kindle Locations 135-141). Kindle Edition.

Here is what one congregation is doing to change that:

What can be done? Share your thoughts here…


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