If You Want A Diverse Church

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

The words are those of Martin Luther King, Jr. from his “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 in Washington D.C.

Today we celebrate Dr. King’s life and his contribution to our nation. His vision, courage and non-negotiable principle of non-violence made him one of the most important change-agents in American history.

Dr. King’s means and his ends were righteous and consistent with those of the kingdom of God. It is right that we honor him today.

At the same time, it’s hard to ignore that Sunday is still the most segregated day of the week. Put another way: most churches don’t look like the kingdom of God. Continue reading “If You Want A Diverse Church”

What Do You Expect From Your Church?

You’ve heard it before: “I went to that church for a while, but I left because I wasn’t being fed.”

The prevailing attitude that the Church exists primarily to feed Christians the Word is one of the primary reasons most churches in the U.S. are not growing, or if they do, they do so through transfer membership, not conversions.

Church growth guru Ed Stetzer asserted in Breaking The Missional Code that the Church is one of the few organizations in the world that does not exist primarily for the benefit of its members.

Think about it: Jesus was primarily about reaching the lost (Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost”), and the Church is the body of Christ. So, what should the Church be focused on? Continue reading “What Do You Expect From Your Church?”