"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
7. Ecclesiastical Structure
Section III: Leadership Training and Education
8. Issues in Leadership Training
9. Leadership Development
Appendix: Supplemental Tables for Chapter One