Recent interview with Jorge Romero of Titus International:
Training Nationals to Reach Their World
Interview by Phil Miglioratti
Phil ~ Jorge, you have extensive ministry experience with the
Latino/Hispanic Church in America. How would you assess its strengths and
Jorge ~ We started in the early nineties doing ministry
among the Latino communities in We have done a lot of church planting,
equipping and resourcing leaders and we have been casting the vision among
English speaking churches about the need for more ministries to Latinos.
We can see the dedication of leaders to the ministry, the sacrifice of
personal goals in order to advance the Kingdom, a solid base in Scripture
and a great prayers ministry.. Among weaknesses, I can think of the
spiritual and cultural isolation of first generation emigrants, the lack of
connection with English speaking churches and the lack of resources to
better equip Christian leaders.
Phil ~ What are some of the most common misunderstandings (or
prejudices) the English--speaking Church has of Latino/Hispanic church
Jorge ~ The most common I would say is the idea that we as a Latino
church can survive on our own, and to an extent we do that, but we see the
need for being a part of something bigger that ourselves. Another issue is
the church planting process; Planting a church in a middle class American
community is quite different than planting a church among a first generation
Latino emigrants. We can not expect same results but eventually given the
time and support we can see good results.I am afraid that deep inside we
donít see ourselves as members of the same Body and if so, we just prefer to
keep distance between us. Thatís is not only wrong but anti biblical.
Phil ~ Bridges need to be built. What efforts of bridge-building do
you seen from both sides?
Jorge ~ Frankly I donít see a whole lot in this area. I
think that both parts see the need but not as a priority. My prayer is for
us to believe that we are one and that we may be able to express it freely.
One of my goals is to encourage our English speaking churches to start
Latino ministries and also for our Hispanic churches to become more involved
in the work of our churches.
Phil ~ What words of challenge? words of wisdom? would you give to
non-Latino/Hispanic leaders as they seek to partner more closely with
Latino/Hispanic congregations and ministries?
Jorge ~ Think about a Latino ministry in your congregation.
Try to establish relationships with Latino pastors if possible. Get to know
the spiritual and social needs of the Latinos in your area. And have someone
who speak Spanish or partner wit a ministry/organization who develops Latino
ministries. Encourage some of your missions people to learn Spanish
Phil ~ Jorge, please write a prayer from your heart that each of us
can pray with you
Jorge ~ Heavenly Father blessed be your name. thereís
none like you. You are the almighty God who reigns for ever an ever and
ever. May you allow us to see and understand that we are just one body, may
you, may you grant us the heart to work together and to serve one another in
love. Allow us to be one and to love one another. Please Father allow that
the makeup of our churches reflect the makeup of our communities.
Note >>> Jorge is available to serve your congregation or association: "I'm
not only interested in Latino ministries, but also international missions,
whether in the States or abroad. I like to convene people, to coordinate
missions, to organize projects, I think this reflects more my spiritual
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