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Annual Conference Plans for Hispanic/Latino-Latina Ministries (80268-GM-R29)

Retain Resolution 29, amended as follows:

WHEREAS, God calls us to proclaim God's mighty acts (1 Peter 2:9) and to be good stewards of God's manifold grace, serving one another with whatever gift each has received (1 Peter 4:10), and to organize ourselves for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:7-13); and...
WHEREAS, The Book of Discipline 2000  2004 declares that "the mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world" (¶ 121), and that "each annual conference is responsible to focus and guide the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church within its boundaries by envisioning the ministries necessary to live out the mission of the church in and through the annual conference; providing encouragement, coordination, and support for the ministries of nurture, outreach, and witness in districts and congregations for the transformation of the world; ...developing and strengthening ethnic ministries, including ethnic local churches and concerns...." (¶ 607); and
WHEREAS, according to the 2000 2006 United States census analysis, the people group in the United States called Hispanic-Latino/Latina has increased 58 percent from 1990 to 2000 and is projected to be 25 percent of the United States population by2040  nearly 67 million people of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) would be added to the nation’s population between 2000 and 2050. Their numbers are projected to grow from 35.6 million to 102.6 million, an increase of 188 percent. Their share of the nation’s population would nearly double, from 12.6 percent to 24.4 percent. The U.S. is the third largest Latino country in the world and Hispanics remain the largest minority group, with 44.3 million on July 1, 2006—14.8 percent of the total population. With a 3.4 percent increase between July 1, 2005, and July 1, 2006, Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group; and...
WHEREAS, in direct relationship to the implementation of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino-Latina Ministry, 600 700 faith communities have been established in 52  
conferences , ; 900 1,000 lay missioners have been equipped and deployed , ; 200 Pastor Mentors; 75 100 new Hispanic/Latino-Latina congregations have been started in 35 conferences , ; 70 100 existing Hispanic/Latino-Latina churches in 35 conferences have been strengthened , ; and 75 1,000 outreach ministries have been established in 52 conferences; 30 Annual Conferences have been developing a Comprehensive Plan; more than 50 Portuguese speaking Leaders have been trained;  5 new Portuguese speaking Leaders had been trained; 50 new Consultants already trained; more than 600 non Hispanic/Latino Leaders trained through the convocations; and
WHEREAS, according to the Office of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino-Latina Ministry's estimates, the Hispanic/Latino-Latina membership in The United Methodist Church has increased by 40 percent from 1996 2004 to 2002 2008; and...
Therefore, be it resolved that by December 31, 2006 2011, every annual conference in the United States shall develop a strategic, comprehensive plan for Hispanic/Latino-Latina ministries within its boundaries, and this plan will include, but not be limited to, socio-economic, cultural, and religious analysis of the Hispanic/Latino-Latina communities that will be served; and strategies to strengthen existing Hispanic/Latino-Latina ministries and congregations, to start new ministries and congregations, to identify, equip, and deploy clergy and laity leaders, and to identify and deploy material and financial resources....
See Social Principles, ¶161.