Alternate title: Just. Preach. The Gospel.
I have deeply appreciated the opportunity to worship in different cultures in Bible believing churches: the Methodist church in Singapore, a few churches in Kenya, black churches in the U.S. (mainly for funerals), a multi-ethnic church in Ohio, multi-ethnic worship with prisoners, and more. I love how preaching the real Gospel will break down barriers like skin color and income.
But I really don’t like the idea of putting multi-ethnicity first. These apparently Gospel-believing people seem well-intentioned but are missing the point. Via Mosaix Leaders Summit Sets Ambitious Goal of Planting 1,000 Multi-Ethnic Churches in 10 Years.
A first-of-its-kind gathering of over 25 different influential Christian organizations and leaders, including the Southern Baptist Convention and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), convened this week to discuss and trade ideas on how to plant and grow multi-ethnic churches throughout North America, including strategies to establish 1,000 such churches over the next seven to ten years.
The Christian Post obtained the program of the closed-door, two-day meeting titled the 2015 Multi-Ethnic Church Planting Leaders Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event, from Wednesday to Thursday, was organized by Mosaix Global Network along with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership in Charlotte.
In addition to discussion on strategic partnerships to establish 1,000 multi-ethnic churches within the next decade, attendees also discussed how to facilitate the process of 20 percent of the churches in North America, having 20 percent racial diversity by 2020.
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The Mosaix website underscores that “according to research, more than 86 percent of all churches in the United States are segregated, with more than 80 percent of their membership representing a single race or ethnic group.”
So are they telling the black churches I’ve visited that they are racist for having nearly 100% black members? Do they propose quotas? Do they not see that some cultures prefer to worship in different ways? Do they not see that most people like to worship close to home, which typically means a more homogeneous congregation?
They seem to ignore worship preferences. For example, I’m not a hand-waver in church. If I did that it wouldn’t be sincere. But if other cultures can do that with sincerity I wouldn’t want to them to change on my account. I’m pretty liberal that way.
I hope these churches focus on sharing the real Gospel with anyone who will listen and let God sort out who worships in what building. Of course we should welcome anyone with a sincere interest in following Jesus, but all you need for that is the Gospel.