These statistics are a few years old, but nonetheless, what is your church doing to reach this demographic?
I admit, I am a little biased. I do ministry full time among developing leaders in Central America.
God has given me a love for this culture that is just as passionate as my own North American Culture.
I am bi-lingual, and my children are going up bi-lingual.
What is your church doing to reachout to this demongraphic?
One common response is denial or ignorance.
People in your congregation may choose not to accept the reality of this growing population segment. They may not realize that even some of their own members might be in this group as second or third generation.
Because I work cross culturally, I see this bias and ignorance all the time. When we chose to watch a Gold Cup game streamed by Univision, my friends asked, “Are they speaking Mexican?”
Another response is focused on politics and nationalism.
I have been chided because I do not hang an American flag in my house. I have been chided for living in a country that is not the United States.
I have been in heated arguments over immigration and legal status of human beings.
I am proud of where I live, and proud of my roots in America. I love serving the Lord in Central America.
This population segment is one that still needs to hear of the love of Jesus Christ, regardless of their national origin. They are here, and the church can reach out and serve.
What is a healthy response?
It will take creative thinking on the part of churches that intentionally notice the demographic shift around them.
In what ways has your church responded?