Protestant Latino Worship Practices Resource Guide

This resource guide features interviews with a variety of Protestant North American Latino worship leaders, musicians, and pastors, presented in both Spanish with English translation.

Glenda youth standing together in worship
Glenda youth standing together in worship

This resource guide features interviews with a variety of Protestant North American Latino worship leaders, musicians, and pastors, presented in both English and Spanish.

The goal of these interviews is to strengthen the ties that bind us together as part of Christ’s body, within and  across various ethnic, denominational, and geographical lines. A crucial step in strengthening ties is that of increasing understanding—and that begins by listening.

This listening is especially important with respect to the Latino community in North America for several reasons:

  • Despite the growth of bilingualism in many communities, there remains a large language barrier between Spanish and English speaking members of Christ’s body. 
  • Despite the huge numerical growth of Latino and Hispanic persons in the United States, Latino Christian voices remain under-represented in print, media, and internet sources.  
  • The Latino community in the United States is marked by significant, often unacknowledged diversity—including 6th generation families and new immigrants (and everything in between), people from one of twenty or more countries, representatives of 30 or 40 or more denominational groups, movements, and pieties, and the unique contributions and sensibilities of each generation of worshipers. 

All of this serves as an urgent invitation to listening and learning. Ultimately, this learning is best served by several kinds of sources:  documentary films and newspaper articles, sociological studies and histories, and (best of all) many face-to-face conversations and experiences of worshiping together, in both Latino congregations and multi-cultural assemblies. 

As the number of videos, internet resources, and academic studies of Latino Christianity continues to grow, these interviews make one modest, but still significant contribution: “in their own words testimonies” of a variety of leaders, whose unique insights help us feel the pulse of Latino communities.

We give thanks to Jaime Lázaro, a pastor and journalist form Colorado Springs, Colorado, who conducted these interviews, and to Juan Francisco Martinez, a historian, practical theologian, and seminary professor from Pasadena, California, who serves as a consultant to this learning project.

As you read these interviews, remember that they are designed to be stepping stones to further learning and conversation. As you read them, consider how you might answer these questions, consider who you might meet with to ask questions like these, write down the vignettes that you find thought-provoking, and consult the “additional resources” section of this page for ways of continuing your learning.
—John D. Witvliet, director
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Interviews

Jorge_Fuentes

Si no cambian despues de adorar Solo vinieron a hacer “aerobicos”

Otto_Rene_Azurdia

La adoracion es la oportunidad para expresar gratitud a Dios

Jorge_Navarro

Nuestra adoración está conectada a los milagros mas no a la encarnación

 

Roberto_Ghione

Elementos conectados con el machismo interfieren en la adoracion

 

Melvin_Valiente

Para el inmigrantes, la Iglesia es un santuario de proteccion, de refugio

Hugo_Molano

El quebrantamiento es un elemento importante en la Adoracion

Brokenness Is an Important Element in Worship

Javier_Buelna

La iglesia se ha convertido en el muro de los lamentos

Roberto_Colón

La musica es tan importante como la lirica

Rene_Molina

El ciclo de algunos adoradores famosos ha concluido

Netz_Gómez

La verdadera adoracion es la expresion del conocimiento de Dios

Magali_Pardo

No se debe adorar desordenadamente porque el Señor es un Dios de orden

José_Caballero

El exito de la adoracion esta vinculada con la vida espiritual del adorador

 

Marcos Witt

Marcos Witt habla de los cambios lricos y musicales en la adoracin de hispanos

Marcos Witt on the change in music and lyrics of worship among Hispanics

 

Luis Enrique Espinosa: La comercialización genera música con “masaje” en vez de mensaje

Luis Enrique Espinosa on Commercialization generates music with “massage” instead of message.

   

Doris Machín: “No es el género, sino el corazón lo que determina tu trabajo en el Señor”

Doris Machin: "It is not one’s gender but one’s heart that defines one’s work in the Lord"

 

Para Ericson, la música es un medio de salvación y motivación

Ericson Alexander Molano: God Moves in the Midst of Praise and Worship

 

Danilo Montero: “La Adoración está afinando el oído y el sentido musical de los Latinos”

Danilo Montero: “Worship is tuning the Latino ear and musical sense”

 

Tony Pérez en el silencio de Dios

Tony Perez on the Silence of God

 Juan Romero

Toda una vida promoviendo los intereses del Reino

Juan Romero on what is the concept that God has for you

 

El trabajo de Ingrid Rosario ha trascendido barreras culturales y sociales

Ingrid Rosario on transcending cultural and social barriers

En una discoteca Eddie Soto se reencontró con el Señor

Eddie Soto on Reencountering God at a Nightclub


 

Additional Resources

Books by Juan Martínez:

Articles:

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