Being ethnically diverse is at the heart of who Cornerstone is and why we do church the way we do. On more than one occasion weâve been asked how we maintain such a multi-ethnic congregation. We have found there are 5 "musts" for any church that wants to be multi-ethnic:
1.You must have conviction.
2.You must have intention.
3.You must have education.
4.You must have adaptation.
5.You must have exclusion.
The first must is conviction. Breaking ethnic barriers must be a conviction your church carries. Miriam-Webster defines conviction as a âstrong belief.â You must strongly believe that:
–Godâs desire is that His church be multi-ethnic
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations (people groups), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
–Not being multi-ethnic in approach is a sin
My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, donât show favoritismâ¦if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin…You are guilty of breaking the law.James 2:1 & 9 (NIV/NLT)
–Multi-ethnic unity reflects Godâs love
I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23 (NIV)
Remember, conviction drives choices. In choosing to be a multi-ethnic church you must first have a conviction to be one.