We’re taking time this month to think through a few different ways to encourage diversity in your church. Doing so offers more opportunity for multicultural worship to occur in your church and neighborhood. Restoring diversity to the church is a necessary step for unity among Christians.
The first thing a church could do to better incorporate a diverse atmosphere in church is to allow for church members to take part in the main service. Of course, many church members already are taking a large part in the service during worship and the behind-the-scenes areas as well. However, allowing church members to speak and share their culture and understanding during the service creates a more welcoming atmosphere for those who are unsure of whether or not to come to your church.
This doesn’t mean that a church should necessarily let their members preach sermons. But it does mean that there are open times where church members could speak before or after the sermon.
Hearing another person’s testimony, while understanding the difference in our individual struggles, will also help endear us to one another and find that we are not all that different in the first place.
One idea is that there could be a time allowed for testimonies from your church. This opens up the church to hear of not only the struggles that many different cultures and people have, but in how God works past those struggles and pains to redeem lives. Hearing another person’s testimony, while understanding the difference in our individual struggles, will also help endear us to one another and find that we are not all that different in the first place.
These testimonies don’t have to be spontaneous as they can be prepared and scheduled ahead of time so that they flow well in the service. This may take some time away from the message the pastor has prepared, but it doesn’t have to happen every week. The church that incorporates times like these testimony times will enable itself to hear from a diverse range of people, cultures, and ideas.
Other Ways of Member Incorporation
The are other, less intimidating, ways to incorporate church members into the service as well. A church can do so through allowing someone to read scripture, pray, lead a special song, or any other sort of ritual your church may practice. These are important first steps that show people of diverse cultures that they are welcome in your church.
What other ways is your church incorporating diversity?