Discerning the future of Portuguese-language ministry

Presbyterian leaders gather to share goals, vision

March 28, 2013


Last week, 20 leaders from Portuguese churches and ministries gathered here to reflect on the past, analyze the present and discern the future of Portuguese-language ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

In accordance with the Presbyterian Mission Agency Mission Work Plan for 2013-16, participants discussed strategic goals while sharing a vision for Portuguese ministry and resources.

With more than a million Portuguese speakers in the United States, the Presbyterian leaders acknowledged that this is a new day for this specific language ministry. The Portuguese-speaking population represents a missiological challenge for the PC(USA), which serves a multicultural, multilingual and multiethnic society.

The March 18-20 event was coordinated in part by the Rev. Almir Dantas Dias, PMA’s new Portuguese-language field staff. The gathering was an excellent starting point, and more educational events are in the works, Dantas said.