Since starting services for Spanish-speakers and deploying ministry
teams into the community, Greeley Assembly of God in northern Colorado
has seen extraordinary growth in a small university town.
"We have been having an awesome move of God," says Rigo
Magana, pastor of the church, which belongs to the Central Latin
American District. "People are getting saved, we disciple them
and now they are reaching out to others."
Since 1995, church attendance has grown from around 100 to more
than 800 people on Sundays. In that same time attendance at the
Spanish-speaking services has grown from 20 to more than 250.
Of the 140,000 who live in the area, Magana estimates that 46 percent
are Hispanic. Though the church was once largely made up of third-
and fourth-generation Hispanics who spoke English as their primary
language, Magana knew God wanted more for the church.
"We felt the Lord wanted us to begin a Spanish work in our
church," he says. "But we did not want to create a second
To do that, the church has two Spanish and two English services
on Sundays. But, through the week Spanish and English speakers work
side by side in the churchs 38 ministries, which include outreaches
to migrant workers, college students, gang members and homeless
people. The church also has a strong Masters Commission.
"This church is constantly reaching out to others," says
Daveta Grigson, a member of the church. "Attending here has
challenged me because it is easy to get caught up in your own church
and life and forget to reach out to others."
Prayer, says Magana, has been the fuel feeding the insatiable appetite
of the congregation to reach the lost. As a result, involvement
in ministry has become second nature for members of the church.
"The people of this church see a need and God provides someone
to meet that need," says Magana. "We are just going after