Inner~View #62: Training Nationals to Reach Their World



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 weaknesses?
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 culture?
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.
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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 gifting." To receive more information:

To receive more information:
> Jromero48@comcast.net
> http://www.titusinternational.org/Romero.htm


 

 

 

 

 

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