By Dan Hyun
The Gospel speaks clearly about reconciliation. It begins with the work of Jesus reconciling a holy God to His creation. But reconciliation also happens horizontally among those once divided by sin in a broken world. As we believe in a Savior who came on a rescue mission to love those very different than him, so also is our call to love and walk together with others as we bridge historical, social, and cultural divides. Our passion is to reflect the diversity of God’s design as represented in his people called the Church.
In our current ministry climate, multiethnic & multicultural diversity is often lauded by some as the ultimate of church values. On the other end of the spectrum, there are Christians who decry efforts for diversity in the church as pandering to theologically liberal social justice movements contrary to the true gospel. Yet, even as we acknowledge that diversity cannot be the primary value of a church, we do affirm that when we pursue the truth of the gospel, reconciliation & cultural diversity in a church will often be the natural result of a redeemed community. In fact, with our current state of societal unrest and division, cultural reconciliation and unity may be the greatest evidence of our Christian faith. Diversity in a worshipping community is indeed important as we live on mission.
We believe diversity begins with leadership.
- How will church leaders address real issues such as the fine balance between empowering other voices while maintaining standards of orthodoxy and stylistic preferences in practice?
- How can we avoid a paternalistic approach to those of other cultures which often is result of the majority culture’s efforts to diversify their leadership?
- How do we encourage and walk with leaders of new cultures who may be joining a larger culture foreign to their experience?