The Hispanic Challenge: Opportunities Confronting the Church, By Manuel Ortiz

The Hispanic Challenge

Opportunities Confronting the Church

by Manuel Ortiz

The Hispanic Challenge
  • Length: 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: December 10, 1993
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1773
  • ISBN: 9780830817733

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"The Sleeping Giant" is the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S.--the Hispanic community. Hispanics, especially Puerto Ricans, Cubans and Mexicans, are changing society and the church. As a second-generation Puerto Rican, born and reared in El Barrio of New York City, Manuel Ortiz knows first-hand what it is like to be a Hispanic in the U.S. As a sociologist, he recognizes the exciting potential for the future of the church--if leadership development is undertaken.

Oritz first explores the unique needs and concerns of Hispanics in the U.S. Then he turns to key missiological issues, including Protestant-Catholic relationships, justice, racial reconcilliation and ecclesiastical structures. Ortiz has interviewed numerous Hispanic leaders working in a variety of contexts and describes their models for ministry. Finally, the book focuses on leadership training and education, with a particular emphasis on developing second-generation leadership.

The sleeping giant must not be ignored. This is a book that will awaken awareness of the possibilities of the Hispanic church.



Section I: Hispanics in The United States: A Sociohistoric Overview
1. Urbanization: The Hispanic Reality
2. A Historical Exchange
3. Hispanic People in a New Context

Section II: Missiological/Ecclesiastical Issues
4. Protestant-Roman Catholic Dialogue
5. The Poor and Justice
6. Reconciliation
7. Ecclesiastical Structure

Section III: Leadership Training and Education
8. Issues in Leadership Training
9. Leadership Development
10. Mentoring

Appendix: Supplemental Tables for Chapter One


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Manuel Ortiz

Manuel Ortiz (1938–2017) was professor of ministry and urban mission and director of the urban program at Westminster Theological Seminary. His books include The Hispanic Challenge: Opportunities Confronting the Church, One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church, and Urban Ministry: The Kingdom, the City and the People of God (coauthored with Harvie Conn). Ortiz was passionate about integrating urban ministry, education, and the gospel, and he spoke and consulted around the nation. For fourteen years he ministered to Hispanics in Chicago, founding five urban congregations, two elementary schools, and an extension school for theological education. He was also the founder and senior pastor of Spirit and Truth Fellowship (Christian Reformed Church), a multiethnic congregation in Philadelphia, and the codirector of the CRC Philadelphia Initiative for Church Planting.