Latino Community Leadership Certificate

The program: The Institute of Leadership and Ministry (INLIMI) of the University of Leadership and Ministry (UNILIMI) has launched a local church-driven program to develop a Latino Community Leadership Certificate Program to train leaders in the Latino communities, from a Christian perspective, to bring about community transformation. This project will operate with strategically selected faculty and staff that will provide support for the initiative. This will be a 24 unit/credits program. It is expected that the student finishes the program in one year. If further down the road, the student wants to enroll in the Diploma of Leadership and Ministry offers by UNILIMI all credits approved at the certificate program can be transferred to the Diploma program.  


Educational Needs of Hispanic Communities: While the United States has experienced increased immigration from Africa, China, Korea and the Philippines, the Latino/a population has exploded. High levels of immigration and high birth rates have combined to make Latinos the nation’s biggest minority group, comprising 17 percent of the U.S. population in 2012.  (Today -January 2018- the Latino population is over 18 % of the U.S population. A 2013 Pew Research Center report on Hispanic growth trends indicates that half (52%) of the counties with the highest Latina/o population are in three states—California, Texas and Florida. 


Latino Protestant General Characteristics: Pew Research has noted that Evangelicalism stands as the predominant orientation among Protestants and that Evangelicals outnumber Mainline Protestants by a three-to-one ratio. It has also to be said the majority of evangelical are Pentecostal and Charismatics. Consequently, the Institute of Leadership and Ministry (INLIMI) of UNILIMI is well positioned to serve as a Latino educational institution to training leaders for serving and strengthening the Latino communities. In addition, Pew notes that “about half of Latino evangelical Protestants (55%) participate in Bible study groups at least once a week.” This concern for studying the Bible gives access to INLIMI, its students, its faculty, and its programs to have a positive effect on local Hispanic churches and their pastors. 


Content of the Training Program:

1. Effective Communication (EC): This area of the curriculum will place emphasis on the communication skills of the participants. 

  • EC 131 The Appropriate use of Cyber Site (3 Credits)
  • EC 132 Development of a Total Quality Culture (3 Credits)
  • EC 232 Religion and Culture (3 Credits)

2. Management and Supervision (MS: This curricular component is geared to offer skills for directing and managing economic, human, and building resources, in addition to develop social capital in a given community.  

  • MS 136 Accounting and Budgeting (3 Credits)
  • MS 141 Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management (3 Credits)

3. Community Leadership (CL): This curricular component provides the tools that will help form leaders who will seek leadership positions in the community. 

  • CL 142 Organizational Development: Theory & Application (3 credits)
  • CL 251 Introduction to Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 Credits) 

4. Operational Philosophy (OP): This curricular component seeks to provide the participants with an integrated philosophy of intervention in the community. It conceives the public social actions in the community as an integrated whole. 

  • OP 252 Foundations of Legal Management Responsibilities in Non-Profit Organizations (3 Credits)
  • OP 254 Public Social Responsibilities and Ethical Leadership (3 Credits)

Total unit/Credits for the program= 24 Credits