NW Theological Center
Hispanic Ministries created the Northwest Theological Institute in 1994 as
an answer to the enormous need to develop and equip a new generation of Christian Hispanic leaders and to promote the advancement and skills of current Hispanic Christian leaders, empowered with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Seventy-five percent of U.S. Hispanics are first-generation immigrants where
Spanish is their first language. Therefore, all of the course material and classes are presented in Spanish to help the Hispanic community.
75% of U.S. Hispanics
Challenges facing the North-West Hispanic community
Limited ability to speak english
We see the effects of this every day in our ministry to families.
The inability to communicate in English negatively affects the relationships of first-generation parents with their second-generation children. First-generation parents may not speak or understand English well -- perhaps not at all.
Second-generation children may not understand Spanish well and are immersed in the U.S. American culture is very different from the culture of their parents. The inability of parents and children to talk about what is important -- their values, hopes, dreams, fears, concerns, and needs creates a wall of misunderstanding between them. Parents need classes in English to better respond to this challenge.
Through prayer and hard work, Hispanic Ministries helps recruit, motivate, and train leaders in the Hispanic community. Equipped local leaders respond better to the unique challenges faced by their community. Trained leaders are more resilient. Trained leaders are able to use their skills and their understanding of the unique needs of their community to address problems, seek solutions, and guide others. And, they are able to train the next generation of leaders.
In the same way, couples are more resilient and are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to build strong relationships that help them confront the challenges of marriage and family together. As local leaders, they are not only able to address the challenges of cultural stress, married life, and growing and maintaining their own family, but are resources for other couples and families as well. They are able to help others respond to the battles of daily life. As they do, they transfer their knowledge, skills, and experience to others.