becoming a multiracial church, part 2
11 things you can do to help ethnically diversify your local church (a.k.a. build bridges of reconciliation, from David Anderson’s book titled Multicultural Ministry: Finding your church’s unique rhythm — the author calls it a Do-Something List):
Donate your service to another group of people
Open your heart
Start building bridges
Offer your resources
Memorize the truth
Teach and train
Hire toward the vision
Invite and involve those on the fringes
Network around the topic of reconciliation
Get help from others
Multiracial churches may not be possible everywhere and at all times. Here’s 3 exceptions to the rule, from the CT cover story:
We grant the validity of three exceptions. First, in some locations, particularly certain rural areas, only one racial group resides. Obviously, a multiracial congregation is not possible. Yet even congregations in such settings must operate as New Testament congregations. They should be crossing any ethnic lines that exist: Germans and Italians, Vietnamese and Laotian, Trinidadian and Haitian, and the like. Also, congregations that are in racially isolated areas should develop partnerships with congregations in other areas that are diverse, and they should educate themselves as though next year their community will diversify. Many formerly racially homogeneous communities are now integrated. The Christian congregation should be the first group to welcome new neighbors.
A second exception to our thesis is the lack of a common language. Affordable technical possibilities for simultaneous translation may eliminate this exception in the future.
The third exception allows for the unique circumstances of first-generation immigrant groups. The challenges of crossing cultures may be too great for the first generation living in the United States.