Training Workers to Multiply Healthy Hispanic Ministries
PALMCON was created, and is sponsored, by the Lutheran Hispanic Missionary Institute (LHMI) located in El Paso, Texas. LHMI was created for the purpose of training workers to multiply healthy Hispanic ministries.
Data from the 2010 Census provide insights to our ethnically diverse nation. As of April 1, 2010, 50.5 million people, or one out of every six people living in the United States, identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino.
More than half of the growth in the total population of the United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in Hispanic population. The Hispanic population grew by 43%, four times the growth of the total population.
The census also revealed that for every Anglo child born in the United States, there were nine Hispanic children born. Latinos will be the primary ethnic group in the United States by 2020 according to projections.
A report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Hispanic Ministry for the LCMS revealed that in 2006, Hispanics numbered approximately 10,000 in 73 congregations and 70 missions. This amounted to less than 1% of LCMS membership and less than .023% of the Hispanic population in the United States. A 2008 study by the Pew Research Center reported essentially the same. These numbers and percentages remain unchanged today.
During the 2012 National Hispanic Convention, LCMS President Dr. Matthew Harrison acknowledged to those in attendance, “you [Hispanics] can often feel lonely and ignored by the English church, but we need you now like never before.”
Jesus commanded His followers, “Go and make disciples of all nations…”