INTENTIONAL. Multi-Ethnic Church
September 2, 2011 Article
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You have to be intentional in your ministry approach. If you are not intentional, you probably will never have a true multi-ethnic church.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- It must be a core value â Put it down on paper that your church values being multi-ethnic. If it’s important enough to think, it’s important enough to write down and become a guiding principle.
- It will not occur organically â It is human nature to migrate to people like ourselves… people that have fun like us, look like us, and dress like us. We must find ways to break that tendency.
- You must be balanced in all areas of ministry â People have to see that the leadership of the church is diverse before the congregation will be. Hire staff that reflects muli-ethnicity as well. If you can’t hire people find volunteers that can act as staff.
- You have to avoid extremes â Stay middle of the cultural road with key elements such as music, dramas, illustrations, etc.
- There will always be tension pulling on both sides â This is a great place to apply the 100/80 rule. If 100% of the people are happy 80% of the time, youâre doing well.
- You have to form intentional relationships â You have to step outside your comfort zone and build genuine relationships with people of a different ethnicity. This will take some hard steps, but is sooo sweet once you get it.