El Cordero Presbyterian Church has a demographic base composed of Hispanic immigrants from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Colombia, as well as young adults born/raised in the United States. El Cordero is in the middle of a community known as Shenandoah, within the boundaries of the City of Miami. Our immediate community encompasses SW 8th Street, more commonly known as “Calle Ocho” to our north, Coral Way just south of us; SW 12th Ave to the east and SW 27th Ave to our west. We strongly believe Shenandoah is our immediate ministerial community, however our ministry and pastoral care far extends beyond Shenandoah. Our worshippers come from across Miami-Dade County, from nearby Brickell, to communities out west as far as Kendall and as far south as Homestead.
El Cordero is both multicultural and multiracial therefore we are a community that celebrates our diversity by being committed to the broader mission and ministry of our immediate context and by collaborating with both Presbytery of Tropical Florida and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
We see in front of us a church that has,
Developed a leadership capable of reading the Bible and applying it constructively to their personal circumstances and in the areas of school, university, work, family, church and the understanding of Christian responsibility in the situation of the city, the nation and the world. We hope that ruling elders, deacons and the largest possible group of the laity, fundamentally young people, will gain in theological sensitivity.
We see a church in front of us,
Rejuvenated. We do not expect to fuel the generational and theological aging of the church. We hope to reverse the current trend that does not produce development spaces for young people. Young people motivate children and excite older adults. All our effort is directed to the rejuvenation of the church, without fomenting conflicts between generations.
We see a church in front of us,
Who worships God with joy. The liturgy has to be a party. We celebrate the risen Christ and as the phrase says at the moment of the breaking of the bread, in the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper, "Let's celebrate the party, Alleluia!". The liturgical renewal must be born in El Cordero, the cultural diversity that sustains it, the reformed tradition that is constantly renewed and the full manifestation of the liturgical contribution of children and young people. We see young people leading the liturgical renewal, and not just playing musical instruments.
The mission of our church is that of God, who is the one who sends us, after choosing and calling us (2 Timothy 1: 9, Romans 9: 15-24, John 15:16, John 17: 6, 1 Cor 1: 26-31; Ephesians 2: 8-10)
The Mission of God is to transform the world:
from slavery to liberation;
from death to life;
from condemnation to salvation;
from individualism to constructive cooperation;
from the established (status quo) to the renewal;
from guilt to repentance;
from repentance to forgiveness;
Because people forgiven by Christ become agents of transformation in the community and the world (1 Corinthians 3: 9).