Roman Catholic political dominance, led to the creation of a
secular state. Measures to thwart hierarchical influence
(including closing the country's doors to foreign religious workers)
meant no legal entry for evangelical missionaries for about
seventy years. This did not, however, discourage those entering
under other classifications.
Given the lower missionary profile, dynamic autochthonous
movements developed - those with no roots in foreign missionary
efforts. Such Christian groups accounted for 57.4 percent of
Mexico's Protestants in 1982. (1) Strong national leadership has
Changes in church-state relationships now permit the entry of
missionaries. Who will respond to Mexico City's call? Hopefully,
those not only willing to be exposed to its smog and crime,
but also willing to cooperate with the church already there.