Minister For Hispanic Community
Minister to Hispanic Community
Metropolitan is a historic church that was launched in a growing African-American community 104 years ago as a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church denomination. It has served thousands over the years as it went about doing the work God called Metropolitan into existence to do.
The desire to serve God and His people remains as does our commitment to the African-American community. We, however, recognize that the background of the people in this community is diversifying. To do the Mission of God, Metropolitan must be able to reach the people of God. Towards that end, Metropolitan is hiring an additional leader to better understand, better reach, and better serve persons of Hispanic Heritage.
An effective leader will lead the congregation in efforts to value all God’s people and build a vision of the kingdom of God that includes people of every race and culture. An effective ministry will prepare, promote, and perform a Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry to increase congregational inclusion of Hispanic persons.
Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job
This ministry leader benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: prophecy, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, compassion, wisdom, discernment, administration, and helping.
This leader should show evidence of passion for learning about and appreciating other cultures.
Useful skills for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people from diverse cultures, including speaking Spanish, a commitment to racial equity and inclusiveness, and an understanding of the privileges of the dominant culture.
The leader benefits from the ability to work with others and from having skills for addressing challenges that stem from systemic barriers that keep the church from being the body of Christ (such as racism, tribalism, xenophobia, etc.).
Responsibilities of the Position
This leader will work to keep the church ministerial staff, boards, and the congregation aware of the church’s commitment to racial/ethnic diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. The leader will present and recommend various opportunities for learning, including intercultural competency training, confronting racism, and helping the church find opportunities for worship, fellowship, and service with individuals, groups, and congregations with racial/ethnic diversity.
This leader will link with organizations, people, and resources in and beyond the congregation across lines of difference.
This ministry leader will make efforts to encourage people of all ages to commit to expanding their own intercultural knowledge and education in the congregation, in their workplaces, and in daily living.
This ministry leader will become trained in intercultural competency and will work with the congregation to claim racial, ethic, and cultural diversity as core values of the congregation.
This ministry leader will lead the congregation in celebrations of worship and fellowship to highlight the common humanity of all people in events, to acknowledge the systemic inequities and sin of racism, to observe Hispanic Heritage month, and to recognize the faith contributions of people of all races and cultures.
Learn about the lives of people in your community and issues affecting the daily lives of all people in your community.
Soon after you are appointed, convene a meeting of interested people to evaluate, share hopes and concerns, and plan for your work. Share the ministry with others by delegating projects to people in the church or community who have passion for racial justice and ministry across cultures.
Help the congregation understand that a vital Christian faith values inclusiveness, diversity, and equity. Collaborate with other congregations and community groups. Seek to identify gaps in your congregation and community where your congregation can lead the way in making a positive difference.
Help your congregation address issues of globalization, immigration, economic disparity, food deserts, and other challenges to God’s diverse people. Consider biblical stories that increase understanding of responding as Christian disciples.
After 3 months – Assessment of demographics, needs, and desires
After 6 months – Pastoral Plan to address assessment
People and Agencies That Can Help
People in your congregation, the community, and other congregations who share your interest in religion and race; district and conference leaders.
Beyond the good pleasure of serving God in ministry to grow His kingdom, Metropolitan will provide a monthly stipend of $400.
Ad: Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church has an internship opportunity in Yonkers, NY. to explore diversifying a traditionally African-America church with the newly moved in Hispanic neighbors. Please contact the pastor, Rev. Julius Walls, Jr., for more information at AMEZpastor@gmail.com.
Posted: October 5, 2017