“The American church has proved it can fill the seats, but it has yet to prove that the gospel can transform entire communities.”
There are three ways a church can respond when the demographic of a community changes.
Speaker, Leadership Coach and Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Seattle Pacific University
“Developing a racially and ethnically diverse team must not be done for the sake of being done, but with the mission of God in mind.”
Ed Stetzer: "While cities are an excellent place for gospel advancement, urban ministry is not without its challenges."
“Our sanctuaries reflect our dinner tables. So if you want a diverse sanctuary, then you have to have hundreds of diverse dinner tables.”
"As Christians, when we engage in these sorts of relationships and conversations, we bring Jesus with us to a literal table."
How do you welcome people who feel like outsiders?
The sad reality is that most mergers fail because they are motivated more by self-interest or self-preservation than by a bigger, bolder, divine mission.
Albert Tate, lead pastor of Fellowship Monrovia in Southern California, talks personal authenticity in leadership.