“The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela affirms and blesses every effort of unity in the Evangelical church.
Statement by Matthew D. Staver, Dean of the Liberty University School of Law and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela General Counsel and Ricardo Luna, Executive Director of NHCLC/Conela July 11, 2014 “In May 2014, NHCLC, which represent millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 churches in the U.S., formally merged with Conela, a Latin America-based organization that serves over 487,000 Latin churches across the world in a community of more nearly 110 million believers as identified by the research center of PROLADES. Matthew D. Staver, General Counsel for NHCLC/Conela and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, oversaw the merger of the organizations and certifies that with its completion, NHCLC/Conela now serves in excess of 500,000 churches and millions of individuals, making it one of the largest Evangelical associations in the world. “Established in 1992, Conela is deeply rooted in the Latin DNA of relational richness and represents the unity of the Evangelical church in the priority of fulfilling the Great Commission. Until 2000, Conela was the only representative of the Church in Latin America. Today, it acts as the Latin representative of the Lausanne Movement and regional facilitator for the Global Transform World and the 414 church movements. “Conela upholds that God’s principles are present in eternal life in heaven and abundant life on earth. It further fully embraces the Lamb’s Agenda, reconciling the vertical image of God in every human being with the horizontal habits and actions of Christ. “The organization affirms spiritual and social justice, including strong pro-life and pro- biblical marriage support important to the Latino Evangelical community. This mission was defined through surveying more than 7,000 leaders, who identified their greatest social challenges, including family disintegration, addictions and extreme poverty. “Through merging with NHCLC, Conela has been strengthened institutionally and is poised to make a greater impact as NHCLC/Conela. Together NHCLC/Conela partners with churches of all denominations through national and regional leaders; NGOs; leaders across family, faith, government, economy, education, arts and communications initiatives; all evangelical alliances of Latin America; and local city pastoral fraternities.”