The largest Hispanic Christian organization in the United States has forged a strategic partnership with the world's largest evangelical university to make it the school of choice for thousands of Latino-American Christians, according to an announcement this week.
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which represents nearly 20,000 churches and about 16 million Hispanic Christians, will encourage its members to continue their education through Liberty University Online or at the school's campus in Lynchburg, Va., according to Liberty Journal.
"Our desire is to see Hispanic born-again Christians mobilized on both the vertical and horizontal planes of the cross, preaching salvation and transforming their communities," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, NHCLC president. "This can only transpire via the platform of top-tier education."
Rodriguez has emerged as a major evangelical leader in recent years and had helped organize Hispanic evangelical leaders last year to meet with then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
He spoke at Liberty's convocation in October and was said to have invigorated students with his testimony and "passion for spiritual revival."
"When our students heard Mr. Rodriguez speak, it was obvious that the NHCLC and Liberty were on the same page," said Liberty's executive director of global development, Orlando Lobaina, to Liberty Journal. "Our common emphasis on family, faith and higher education make this partnership a natural fit."
Both Liberty and the NHCLC reported seeing greater demand for higher education among Hispanic evangelicals, who, according to the NHCLC, represent the fastest growing demographic of the Christian church in America and the Western hemisphere.
"This partnership is historic and prophetic," said Dr. Gilbert Velez, National NHCLC Chairman. "Our children can study in an environment that resonates with their biblical worldview."
Liberty University is a conservative Baptist university that boasts more than 42,000 students both on campus and off campus from around the world.