Bilingual workshop at TCU

As the world changes and the traditional centers of Christianity change, so must the efforts to spread the Gospel, attendees at Saturday’s bilingual workshop were told.The workshop, organized by the Brite Borderlands Center for Latina/Latino Church Studies, was taught by the Rev. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi and drew about 20 members from the TCU community.

The Borderlands Center is a part of Brite that tries to provide continuing education events for ministers and church leaders already working in churches, according to a Borderlands Center brochure.

“The focus of the workshop is the current shift in Christianity from North America and Europe to Latin America, Africa and Asia,” said Ismael Sanchez, coordinator of the Borderlands Center for Latina/Latino Church Studies. “Demographics have changes and the church has become more homogenous.”

The workshop also answered questions related to missiological and ministerial challenges and explored the Christian shift in U.S. churches, according to the brochure.

Cardoza-Orlandi discussed many of his diversity topics in Spanish and in English.

“Christianity grows like a balloon it expands, expands and expands,” Cardoza-Orlandi said. “This is called the exponential theory.”

Cardoza-Orlandi is the associate professor of World Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and he is an ordained minister of the Christian Church in Puerto Rico.