Written by Manny Ortiz and Susan Baker
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00
From traditional regions of Hispanic settlements, such as the Northeast, Chicago, the West and Southwest, and South Florida, to less traditional regions, such as North Dakota, Alabama, and South Carolina; the Hispanic population is growing. It is a very diverse population originating from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America. More than six of every ten Hispanics in the U.S. were born in this country, so there are generational issues. It is a very young population with 33.9% under the age of 18 as of 2010.
It has been estimated that for the next two decades, 50,000 Hispanics will turn age 18 every month. On the other end of the scale, only 5.5% are age 65 or older. How can the church plan to meet the needs of this group? To accomplish this goal, the church needs to anticipate issues regarding who, where, and how to be a missional church among this population.