multiethnic churches

Introduction: this resource page provides a vast collection of information to grow + build multi-ethnic/ multi-racial churches and ministries, because the Gospel is for all peoples!

Latest statistics about multiethnic churches, as presented at the 2019 Mosaix multiethnic church conference.


“Among Americans who attend houses of worship, the 2012 NCS results show that 20% attend places where no single racial or ethnic group makes up at least 80% of the congregation. … This figure has risen in recent years, from 15% in the 1998 NCS and 17% in the 2006-07 NCS.” (Many U.S. congregations are still racially segregated, but things are changing – Pew Research Center)

“… multiracial congregations (using the 20% or more minority criteria) had nearly doubled in the past decade to 13.7% … in 2010, 12.5% of all Protestant Christian churches and 27.1% of other Christian churches (Catholic/Orthodox) were multiracial. Multiracial Mainline Protestant churches accounted for 7.4% of their total, while 14.4% of Evangelical Protestant congregations were multiracial.” (via 2010 Faith Communities Today study cf.  U.S. Church Diversity has nearly doubled from 1998 to 2010)

“According to Michael Emerson… the proportion of American churches with 20% or more minority participation has languished at about 7.5% for the past nine years. But among Evangelical churches with attendance of 1,000 people or more, the slice has more than quadrupled, from 6% in 1998 to 25% in 2007.” in Time Magazine’s Can Megachurches Bridge the Racial Divide? (January 2010) *

“Large Protestant churches (more than 1000 regular attendees) are more than twice as likely to be multiracial now compared to a decade ago.” — Michael Emerson, February 2010

“According to statistics from 2000, only about 5.5% of Protestant churches are ‘multiracial’ when defined as a congregation where at least 20% of the congregants is composed of a different race.”[via]

“According to the 1998 National Congregations Survey, only 7% of American congregations were multiracial, defined as having no more than 80% of one racial group. More specifically in the case of Christian congregations, 15% of Catholic churches, 6% of conservative Protestant churches, and 3% of mainline Protestant churches were multiracial.” — ‘Multiethnic Congregations‘ by Kathleen Garces-Foley in Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics.

“Have you noticed there are 4 Gospels about Jesus Christ in the Bible… Matthew for the Jews. Mark for the Romans. Luke for the Greeks. John for all humanity, the cosmopolitan & multicultural.” ~ DJ Chuang ~ the Gospel has to be contextualized and it’s not one-size-fits-all.

from MultiAsian.Church: A Future for Asian Americans in a Multiethnic World

MSW@Baylor created this guide about the role multicultural congregations & multiethnic churches play in creating places of healing and reconciliation for people of different races and ethnicities. This resource includes actionable strategies organizations can use to encourage stronger relationships among their members. Check out: “What Multicultural Congregations Teach About Improving Race Relations” from the Baylor University’s online master’s in social work program.






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