Why Diversity Matters
- Why is multi-ethnicity/diversity a high priority? We value economic and ethnic diversity for many reasons. Historically we have been divided as a nation along ethnic lines. Racism and classicism have been a blemish on the collective national experience. We have been called to be ministers of reconciliation, overcoming barriers of hostility with the love of Christ. The world should know us by our love. The diverse community that we desire to reach with the Gospel is best served by having a diverse congregation that can speak the heart languages, live in the same neighborhoods, and are found in close associations with the lost. Diversity broadens the reach of the church. We need each other.
- How do we create and maintain diversity? We must continue to pray and ask God to do that work among us. We are continually aware of the differences in culture, worldviews, attitudes, language, and preferences. We genuinely seek to know and appreciate those who are different from us in real love and affection. The love of Christ is both our glue and the impetus for His mission in our Washington County and around the world. Part of Pastor Marcus’ role in the church will be to equip and encourage our church to plug into the community as a whole. Creating diversity also requires creativity and intentionality. The first issue found in the early church stemmed from a lack of awareness. In Acts 6, Jewish widows were being taken care of while the Greek widows were being overlooked. Since all of the leaders were Jewish, there wasn’t much attention paid to the needs of the Greek widows who were now a part of the church. This trouble was resolved by appointing Greek deacons to serve in direct oversight. It is important that we cultivate diverse leadership. We will achieve this through our normal discipleship process that seeks to develop leaders from within, as well as hiring additional staff that reflects the larger community.