Assemblies of God's Largest Church Hispanic

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The largest congregation among the Assemblies of God Fellowship is now an Hispanic church.

More than 11,000 Latinos attend the New Life Covenant Church located in Chicago. Dr. Wilfredo De Jesus, the church's pastor, started the church 10 years ago.

"It's historic yet at the same time it speaks to the growing presence and influence of Hispanics in Evangelical denominations across America," Rev. De Jesus explained in a released statement. "We've known for years that Hispanics represent the growth component in American Christianity, yet this reality enables us to provide leadership as equal shareholders in the collective church."

"In addition, this news embodies a message that God has not abandoned the inner city; totally the contrary. He still weeps over the cities as we stand committed to urban revival and renewal," he added.

Leaders of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference says the Chicago church's development shows the direction of the North American church.

"The future of American Christianity lies in the hands of the Hispanic American faith community without a doubt, and De Jesus reflects that the future of American christianity will be Hispanic and even more Pentacostal charismatic," said the organization's Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.

Hispanics are considered the fastest-growing demographic group in the country. They are expected to increase from 15 to 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2050.

The Assemblies of God stands as the largest Protestant fellowship or denomination as it pertains to Hispanic believers. With over 2,000 churches across the United States and Puerto Rico, the fellowship says it sees the Hispanic segment of the church as vital in its continued success.

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