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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839308
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Future for the Latino Church is a great reflection tool for the Hispanic church in America. Daniel Rodriguez calls us to meditate on the religious, sociohistorical, and cultural context in which many Hispanics live, direction our attention to the gap between foreign-born and United States-born Latinos." (Jonatan Toledo, Africanus Journal, April 2013)

"A Future for the Latino Church is must reading for Hispanic church leaders and pastors. It provides a solid basis for consideration of a new ministry paradigm that is transformational in implementation and effectiveness in ministry. I highly recommend this book to non-Hispanic pastors/church leaders desiring to begin or sponsor a vibrant Hispanic ministry within their congregation or in their community." (Efraim Espinoza, Enrichment, Winter 2012)

"Rodriguez has written a useful and needed addition to the discussion of Hispanic churches in America . . . The book should be read by Hispanics who aspire to leadership positions in local congregations as well as Anglo leaders of churches engaged in and considering outreach to the growing population of Latinos in the U.S." (Billie Silvey, The Christian Chronicle, July 27, 2011)

"For decades native-born, English-speaking Latinos have endured the neglect of their spiritual and cultural formation at the hands of Spanish-dominant Latino church leaders who refused change that would address the needs of this growing population of Latinos in the United States. Dr. Rodriguez clearly articulates the resistance present and the transitional shift needed for holistic English-language ministry to flourish in the lives of second-generation Latinos. Every Christian leader who is serious about understanding the complexity and diversity of Latinos must read this insightful contribution to the advancement of the gospel to all Latinos and to the future of the church as a whole in America." (Rev. Orlando Crespo, national director of InterVarsity Latino Fellowship and author of Being Latino in Christ)

"A Future for the Latino Church takes you 'back to the future' of Hispanic ministry in the United States. It is about the growing second and third generations of English-dominant Hispanics who represent a kind of nepantla, an Aztec Indian word for both/and, of in-betweenness in American life. "Memory and destiny frame the five paradoxes in the life of Hispanics of 'living in the hyphen,' that is, two languages (Spanish/English), two cultures (native/American), two philosophies (indigeneous/contemporary), two strategies (tradition/missional) and even two religions (Catholic/Evangelical) competing as the twins in Rebecca's womb, constituting the challenge of ministering to future generations of Hispanics. "This book highlights some groundbreaking creative, holistic yet prophetic ministries that have begun to steer the way toward the future of Hispanic ministry in the United States." (Dr. Jesse Miranda, president, The Miranda Center, CEO, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference)

"English-dominant Latinos have great capacity to strengthen churches everywhere. But these Latinos are neglected by church leaders who are fixated on the idea that the only authentic Hispanic ministry is Spanish-language ministry. Dr. Daniel Rodriguez's research into effective multilingual, multicultural churches demonstrates how churches and individuals can draw, nurture and activate this vital group." (Rodolpho Carrasco, board member, World Vision USA, and director, Two Forty Group)

"Daniel Rodriguez challenges us to recognize the increasing diversity of the Latino community and to develop ministries that reach out across that diversity. He also provides examples of churches that are developing models to respond to that challenge. Latino churches have an important future in the United States. Rodriguez helps us understand an important part of that future." (Juan Francisco Martínez, Fuller Theological Seminary, author, Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States)

"Daniel Rodriguez presents the framework for twenty-first century Hispanic American Christian viability and sustainability. As one of the most prominent Hispanic scholars in the church, Daniel captures both the obstacles and opportunities embedded within America's fastest-growing segment of Christianity, Hispanic evangelicals. This book contextualizes the narrative of successful church models that engage, empower and enrich multiple generations for the glory of Christ. Every pastor and church leader committed to reaching the Hispanic American demographic must read this book." (Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals)

"A Future for the Latino Church is an attempt by my good friend Daniel Rodriguez to awaken us to two realities: the coming 'Joseph' generation which looks differently, acts differently and speaks differently, but is nevertheless Hispanic and potentially the hope for revival in America; and secondly, the reality of crosscultural pollination that is occurring within every ethnic group in the second, third and fourth generations in this country." (Rev. Daniel de León, senior pastor, Templo Calvario, Santa Ana, CA)

"Daniel Rodriguez's A Future for the Latino Church is a truly informative and inspiring book. Based on solid theological, demographic and sociological research from the perspective of the author's own cultural and spiritual pilgrimage, this book presents a compelling argument for reaching U.S.-born Latinos with the gospel message. The carefully selected case studies of highly effective transgenerational Latino churches provide valuable insights as well as a clear sense of direction regarding the future of Latino work in this country. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in seeing America's fastest-growing ethnic group become a missionary force in this country and throughout the world." (Daniel R. Sánchez, author of Hispanic Realities Impacting America and director of the Scarborough Institute of Church Planting & Growth, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)

"A Future for the Latino Church is an important book for all who are concerned about the mission of the church in the context of urbanization and globalization. . . . I am delighted with the hard work and devotion of Daniel Rodriguez presented in this book, which will help us get on with the Great Commission." (From the foreword by Manuel Ortiz, author of The Hispanic Challenge)

About the Author

Daniel A. Rodriguez (Ph.D., Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theoogical Seminary) is associate professor of religion and hispanic studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He serves on the board of directors for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and on the steering committee for the Global Missions Conference of the Churches of Christ.

Ortiz (D.Min., Westminster) is professor of ministry and urban mission and director of the urban program at Westminster Theological Seminary. For fourteen years he ministered to Hispanics in Chicago, founding four churches, two elementary schools and an extension school for theological education. He has continued in community ministry by planting a multiethnic church in Philadelphia and by promoting urban and multiethnic ministry around the nation through his speaking and consulting efforts.

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I recommend this book to anybody that seeks to serve the Latino community in the 21st century.
victor
So I stumbled upon the book by Daniel A. Rodriguez, A Future For the Latino Church: Models for Multilingual, Multigenerational Hispanic Congregations.
despond
Very in depth book, well written and exactly what we need to understand if we are going to reach the next generation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By despond on July 13, 2011
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Recently I began to think and pray upon the possibility of planting a new church. A church for Hispanics whose most dominant language is English. I grew up in a Spanish speaking church and consider myself a second generation Hispanic. I am bicultural and biliterate. But as the years have passed I notice that I don't fit completely in either a Hispanic church with Spanish as the main language or an English speaking church with a predominantly homogenous group of people that are not Hispanic (what the author calls "living in the hyphen"). I must say, that I had not thought of this idea before, even though I have been reading about the changing demographics of Hispanics in the United States for a long time. So I stumbled upon the book by Daniel A. Rodriguez, A Future For the Latino Church: Models for Multilingual, Multigenerational Hispanic Congregations. The book offered case studies of two broad types of churches, "multigenerational Hispanic churches," those that have Spanish and English ministries integrated in an Evangelical church and the "multiethnic, predominantly Hispanic churches," which are the churches that have English as the dominant language in an Evangelical church. There are ten churches that are part of this study in the former group and seven churches in the latter group. Together with the case studies, the author discusses demographics, acculturation, linguistic characteristics, and cultural distinctives of Hispanics that should have a profound effect on how the Church does ministry now and should do so in the coming years.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pastor Angel R. Quiñónez on June 2, 2012
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From a Hispanic point of view this was a very informative and exciting book to read. However, this is a book that every pastor should read wether Hispanic or not, particularly those ministering in cities where there is a large percentage of Hispanics. It would be an eye opening book for first generation Hispanic pastors, should they want to continue to expand beyond the immigrant population (first generation). Like Rodriguez states, it is the spiritual state of the second and third generation of Hispanics that's at risk. As I said in a business meeting with First United Bank & Trust Co. in Paul's Valley, OK, "The demographics are not changing, they have changed", there are now more Hispanic children in the USA than any other ethnic group, and we must face the fact, and these are still connected to the first generation, who for the most part are Spanish dominant. Therefore, not only the Church has to pay attention, but also the business entities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Candobando on June 29, 2011
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I an a pastor and have been working in a congregation in multicultural transformation the last eight years. Oh, how I wish I had had this book eight years ago! The research is evident. The case studies are extremely informative and the theological and biblical perspective, which are often missing in "how to do church" books, is rock solid. For anyone who is paying attention to the rapidly changing demographics of this country and whose primary allegiance is to Christ and his kingdom, this book is a must read. It is particularly helpful because the conclusions and principles are functional/applicable across all ethnic and socio-cultural lines. American churches cannot afford to be comfortable with maintaining the dominant culture driven church models--whatever the dominant culture is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin on August 2, 2011
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I couldn't put it down. I read it in only a few hours. It's clear, accessible and wonderfully practical yet consistently scholarly. The message is deeply hopeful. It oozes a love for the lost, a love for those "living in the hyphen" (i.e. native born, English-speaking Latinos) and a love for Christ along with a passion for sharing in His mission. The author's personal stories and the strong Biblical parallels make the message sing. The first chapter opens with a bang. The last chapter is especially powerful. Loved it! For churches desiring to reach their increasingly multicultural communities, this book offers the encouraging examples of a number of effective ministries around the US. For men and women doing ministry in America's at-risk inner-city neighborhoods "A Future for the Latino Church" is an invaluable resource. As a new minister of a small congregation in Los Angeles, I found the message of this book is profoundly encouraging and empowering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vance W. Wood on September 18, 2013
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Dr. Rodriguez has done an excellent work in this book laying out the challenges and opportunities for ministry with Hispanics in the U.S. His research reveals the successes that are being realized among those willing to adapt. One key is to stop trying to fit Hispanics into an Anglo cultured church... methods need to change if we are going to get serious... and as the Hispanic population grows, we need new ideas, new forms, new approaches... This book provides the foundation for these types of discussions...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Revdgn on September 6, 2012
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I serve as pastor for a small church in Texas. The Great Commission in Mt. 28:19-20 and the Great Command and its summary by Jesus in Mt. 22:36-40 is the mission of the Christian Church all over the world. "A Future for the Latino Church" by Dr. Rodriguez, is an excellent resource for the context and demographic of our congregation's mission here in Texas. I recommend this excellent resource to all pastors and lay leaders, especially to those whose situation is in concord with the treatise of this book.
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