"The Ethnic Church" in Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion


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Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project, April 25, 2007. Accessed April 14, 2017.

As one chapter of a larger study of trends in the Latino religious community, “The Ethnic Church” documents that in major religious traditions in the United States the houses of worship most frequented by Latinos have three distinctly ethnic characteristics: the services are conducted in Spanish, the clergy are Latino, and the majority of the congregants are Latino. As expected, foreign-born Latinos and those living within densely populated Latino communities attend churches with strong ethnic practice and presence. Surprisingly, the 2006 research showed that native-born Latinos and those residing in sparsely populated Latino regions do as well. Congregations, which are ministering to or considering a ministry to these communities, will find this information important to their planning process. Links to the full report and to a discussion of the research methodology are provided on the web site. The Hispanic Trends Project is directed by Mark Hugo Lopez.

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