The basic problem many monocultural churches have when it comes to diversity is a general lack of understanding or education about the different cultures around them or in the world. To many churches, they are fine not including a more diverse aspect to their service or ministry because they don’t see the need for it. It’s far too easy to become comfortable where we are at and strive to keep everything the same.
However, unity within the church requires diversity. Because of who Christ is and what he did for all of mankind, we as the church body are compelled to reach everyone. That is, all people from every tribe and language. We cannot become complacent with our monocultural church services. To start the transition from monocultural to multicultural in your church, education of other cultures must be implemented.
Here are three ideas that will help any church start educating their members to better understand other cultures:
• Encourage special nights where people from diverse cultures can share about their homeland or where their ancestors are from. Invite people from cultural centers around your city to come and share about where they are from. Provide the visitor’s cultural cuisine and let that help your church to better understand others. This is also a great outreach opportunity.
• Invite missionaries to come speak to your church and share about their mission fields. This will give people a greater glimpse at what Christianity looks like in other cultures as well as the greater needs and lifestyle of people in other cultures.
• Encourage people to look up their own heritage to find out where their parents are from or their rich history of culture. Not only will the church grow in knowledge about the world, but individual peoples who share will also gain a richer knowledge of their own heritage. You may find a greater cultural diversity in your church that can be brought out through this method.
Doing all of this will help lead your church to greater unity through multicultural worship and to experience new songs of worship like this one from Proskuneo Ministries: