This is a must read for any person in leadership but I share this especially for pastors and church leaders for your consideration as you consider the uncharted journey ahead. When people talk about the vision of being a multiethnic or multicultural church, it nearly always comes down to numbers. For a moment, don’t worry so much about getting to the 20% threshhold that enables your church to then “qualify” or pat yourself as a multicultural church. It’s over-rated in my opinion.
But we have the privilege and burden in influencing the ‘worldview’ of this and emerging generations of Christ followers. Read this and consider how this impacts the way you see your church, neighbor, country and ultimately, your ministry context. You will eventually grow extinct if you unable to adjust to a changing landscape where diversity IS the way we see the world.
Read this NY Times entitled In a Generation, Minorities May be the U.S. Majority. It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN:
Ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the nation’s population in a little more than a generation, according to new Census Bureau projections, a transformation that is occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago.
The census calculates that by 2042, Americans who identify themselves as Hispanic, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander will together outnumber non-Hispanic whites. Four years ago, officials had projected the shift would come in 2050.
The main reason for the accelerating change is significantly higher birthrates among immigrants. Another factor is the influx of foreigners, rising from about 1.3 million annually today to more than 2 million a year by midcentury, according to projections based on current immigration policies. [read full article]
And a video to give you an idea how fast our world is changing. How do you communicate and convey the unchanging message of the gospel to a constantly changing world?