Coalition for Hispanic Ministries
Dr. David Byrne, director of the Coalition for Hispanic Ministries, is a member of Friendswood Friends Church. Here’s more information about CHM:
CHM is an equipping organization that promotes ministry to Hispanic communities through the research and analysis of Hispanic ministry organizations that allows CHM to act as a bridge of resources and information that can be communicated motivationally in order to coordinate a comprehensive and effective Hispanic ministry effort in leadership training and church planting that integrates into existing church structures.
That CHM is an equipping organization means that CHM is not designed to be an end in itself but to provide the training and information that allows individuals and other organizations to achieve their potential in Hispanic ministries.
CHM is an organization that promotes ministry in others rather than carrying it out on it’s own. Obviously, in order to accomplish that, CHM provides ministries for ministers in order to help prepare them for more effective service. The promotion of Hispanic Ministry takes place both in the “Anglo”church context as well as among the Hispanic peoples and churches. Top of Page
CHM strives to reach out to Hispanic communities and focuses on the needs of those communities. This is not an attempt to ignore or exclude other groups on the basis of race or ethnicity. It is an attempt to compensate for past neglect of this important area of ministry especially among Friends. Top of Page
It is through the research and analysis of Hispanic ministry organizations that CHM will begin to make it’s contribution to Hispanic ministry. Groups from many different denominations have initiated ministries among Hispanics. CHM is needed to bring together the insights gleaned from those successes and failures in order to maximize future ministries. Top of Page
The research and analysis allows CHM to act as a bridge of resources between the “Anglo” churches that are concerned about Hispanic ministries and the Hispanic communities and churches that are initiating those ministries. The “Anglo” churches bring leaders, training programs, personnel, finances and facilities to the effort. The Hispanic community brings leaders and potential leaders, finances, and the unlimited potential of communities that will be transformed by the power of Christ. When these resources are brought together there can be an explosion of ministry. Top of Page
CHM acts as a bridge of resources and information that can be communicated motivationally. This is where the information gleaned from the research and analysis gains relevance. How can an “Anglo” church reach across the cultural barrier and work in the Hispanic community? What ministries should it attempt? How should a Hispanic church look different from an “Anglo” church? The answers are out there and need to be shared in an inspirational way to motivate Christians to effective action. Top of Page
CHM is in place in order to coordinate the Hispanic ministries that are newly born. Whether those be educational, motivational, or ecclesiastical. Why should CHM play this almost parachurch role in coordinating ministries? Because CHM has the expertise to understand and mediate between the special needs of the Hispanic church or ministry and the participating “Anglo” partners in ministry. Until the specific Hispanic ministries have developed their own infrastructure of interchurch / interministry support within their denomination, they will need CHM’s partnership to “walk with them” in their ministry endeavor. Likewise, until the predominantly “Anglo” church leaders come to grips with the unique needs of the Hispanic communities, they will need CHM’s partnership and leadership in coordinating Hispanic ministries. Top of Page
The dream that is being realized is that CHM will bring about a comprehensive and effective Hispanic ministry effort. Friends and other denominations have begun Hispanic ministries in the past. CHM knows that we can be more effective. CHM stands as a catalyst for a far reaching ministry that will bring about solutions that are far greater than the sum of the constituent resources. Ministries that participating organizations could not have imagined will be created. We find ourselves at the forefront of God’s work as servants of the Hispanic peoples. Top of Page
CHM will work in leadership training so that men and women will be prepared to serve God in the Hispanic, and especially the Spanish language, context. There are few seminary level programs geared to serve Spanish speaking Christian leaders. CHM wants to find ways to meet those leaders in their own context. Spanish language education by extension through TEE, Bible seminars and “boot camps,” and accredited Bible institutes will begin to fill the leadership “gap” and help current leaders reach their potential in serving Christ. Without adequately trained Hispanic leaders any new Hispanic ministries are destined to fail. CHM’s sponsorship of the leadership training institute, “Instituto ALMA: ALcanzando al Mundo Alrededor” is our response to this key need. Top of Page
And church planting is at the heart of CHM’s ministries. The church is the body of Christ. It is the chosen instrument for God’s work of salvation in the world. Church planting effort may spring out of “mother church” relationships being formed cross-culturally as “Anglo” churches are motivated to become involved in Hispanic ministry with CHM acting as a facilitator and coordinator. Other churches are formed as “urban flight” causes previously prosperous “Anglo” ministries to be left with an empty shell that can be made available to Hispanic congregations. There may be many different patterns employed in establishing the new churches but it is essential that those ministry and discipleship centers are instituted. Top of Page
CHM’s purpose is not to create it’s own denomination, but to develop ministries that will be integrated into existing church structures. This does not mean that new churches and ministries will immediately be knit into the fabric of “Anglo” denominations. That would not be advisable or constructive, but neither would setting up a CHM denomination or mission. CHM seeks to serve a transitional role as Hispanic churches and ministries form their support structures in their particular denominational context. Top of Page; CHM Home