Hispanic Ministry Training Develops Cultural Competencies


By Sam Hodges

Photo by Sam Hodges

At Agape Memorial United Methodist Church in Dallas, there’s a Spanish language worship service attended mostly by recent Hispanic immigrants. The English language service draws Hispanics who have been in the United States for years or even generations.

If getting those groups to feel and act like one church weren’t a big enough challenge, the Rev. Martha Valencia must deal with rapid demographic shifts in the neighborhood, including an influx of young professionals from various ethnic backgrounds.

No wonder she feels she could use a little help.

“Our community is changing right before us,” said Valencia, Agape Memorial’s pastor. “That’s what motivated me to come glean from everyone else – to see what’s working, and see what’s not.”

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