Does everyone in your church look like you? Or are you the only one ethnically different in your church? Churches today are highly segregated among monocultural lines. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case.
There are many ways to implement diversity in your monocultural church. There are challenges involved, yes, but a church can change from monocultural to multicultural with plenty of prayer, effort, and time. Here are a few ideas to help start the process.
At the top of the list for any change in a church should be prayer. Prayer not only allows us to seek God’s will, but it changes our hearts and attitudes in the process. Holding church-wide prayer meetings will give both an opportunity to address the church with ideal multicultural changes and an opportunity for God to speak to and change the hearts of church members. Prayer will also give you unique ideas to implement in your context.
Attend various multicultural events around your town or city. If you can, set up a booth and have some promotional material ready that gives information about your church. However, the main point in attending these events is to establish relationships with those of different cultures than you. Make friends. Take it upon yourself to visit more than one cultural event. Establishing relationships and taking the time to seek people out is scary. Be fearless in your desire to bring a multicultural aspect to your church.
Don’t give up and don’t just visit with people once. Show that you’re invested in the new relationship and that you are incredibly interested in the person or persons you’re meeting. Ask them to coffee or remember their names and other personal details they may have previously shared so you can say hi in a more personal way the next time you see them at an event. Be consistent and intentional in all that you do.
These are just a few ways to start the transformation from a monocultural church to a multiethnic one. Write down your thoughts about this in a journal or on a 3×5 card. Share your ideas with us in the comments below.