Friday, August 14, 2009

Hispanic Christian group lays out priorities

Hispanic NAE Identifies Its Top 7 Priorities
By Michelle A. Vu, Christian Post, Aug. 13 2009

The nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization announced on Tuesday its top seven priorities for the next seven years.

From this year until 2015, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), also known as the Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals, will concentrate on addressing issues related to life, family, evangelism, education, youth, stewardship and justice.

More specifically, the group will expand its efforts to defend the sanctity of life, strengthen marriage and families, fulfill the Great Commission, reduce teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates, and reinforce its platform for biblical stewardship of both finances and the environment.

NHCLC also plans to fight for justice on several issues, including immigration reform – its signature issue – and alleviating poverty.

“Our priorities reflect our core values," said NHCLC president the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. "Hispanic Evangelicals have a moral and biblical responsibility to address issues that reconcile both the vertical and horizontal elements of the Christian cross.”

“We believe the Hispanic church will usher in a fresh move of God’s Spirit upon our nation where Holiness and Biblical Truth will once again take center stage.”

The Hispanic evangelical community is America’s fastest growing religious and ethno-cultural demographic. The NHCLC represents 16 million Hispanic Christians in America.

Rodriguez was heavily courted by presidential candidates last campaign season, and remains a key contact person for Congress regarding the immigration issue.

Last month, the NHCLC formed an exclusive educational strategic partnership with Oral Roberts University. Under the partnership, the NHCLC will establish the Jesse Miranda Center that will be responsible for research and development on issues related to the Hispanic American faith community. The center will also help recruit Hispanic Christians for ORU.

The NHCLC is made up of over 25,000 member churches.

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