The HEART BEAT of a pastor in a diverse city!!!
Read the following pastor’s concern, Reflect on your church and Pray for great spiritual wisdom. ( Eldon)
“I have a bit of an understanding of latent prejudice and bigotry. We may say the right things, but our actions may say something else. We may welcome other ethnicities to our church, but the expectation is that they will adapt to our faith culture and customs. They are not permitted to practice their faith culture and customs. We are a “white” church. It is not hard to make an older white congregation to feel uncomfortable. The transition to a genuine cross-cultural church is challenging and daunting. Everyone has to be willing to change. Some “convictions” have to be re-labeled as “preferences” and then let go. Change is threatening and intimidating, especially for older folks. Prejudice is an outward expression of insecurity. Insecurity is a form of fear. The familiar gives security. Tradition gives security. Change upsets all of that. The barriers are more psychological than racial, but race is often the immediate playing field. So, yes, the church leadership must be unified, if the church is to be led to a more inclusive status. It is possible, but difficult.” [Name with held but it represents untold numbers of churches.]
Many pastors in established city churches are facing congregational decline while they experience a concern for the diverse mission field that lives in the local area. Reply with your personal experience. Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries, Inc want to do all we can to encourage everyone to trust God for direction on how to respond to these opportunities to REACH THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING HOME.