Prayer-Circle-Hands-450x450Adapted from the book, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

1. Transitional leaders pursuing the multi-ethnic local church must not yield to the voices that will surely challenge their vision. There can be no hint of inconsistency, self-positioning, or diversion from the vision if it is, in fact, to take root and inspire change in the established church.

2. Transitional leaders must articulate biblical intentions and clear objectives in language that can be embraced by the body they seek to influence.

3. Transitional leaders should develop a written document that clearly articulates the purpose of embracing a vision for multi-ethnic ministry. Addressing the issue openly and honestly from the pulpit will go a long way toward winning the hearts and minds of the people.

4. Transitional leaders should move their congregations ahead in incremental steps. The last thing you want to do is split an existing church in the name of unity.

5. Forging unity from diversity will require transitional leaders of diverse ethnic background to come together as one. Everyone involved must passionately embrace the vision in order to lead the people with whom they have the greatest influence.

6. Transitional leaders should look for diverse ethnic leaders who are firmly in line with the church doctrinally and establish them in responsible positions of authority – both vocationally and as volunteers – to help shape the future growth and development of the church.

7. Transitional leaders should recognize that one of the most effective ways to inspire the development of cross-cultural relationships within the body is to model them as a staff.

8. Transitional leaders must pursue cross-cultural competency and maintain mutual respect for one another in seeking to understand and resolve cultural differences. Ephesians 4:1–3 should serve as a guide for those in pursuit of cross-cultural competence.

9. Transitional leaders should work hard to ensure language is not a barrier that keeps people from coming to or remaining involved in the church.

10. Committing to a spirit of inclusion requires transitional leaders to set the tone and to follow through with tangible signs for members in the minority at any particular church. Members in the minority must not feel as though they are an afterthought; rather, they must be invited and led to become an integral part of the entire church family.

2 thoughts on “10 Tips for Transitioning a Church from Mono-ethnic to Multi-ethnic

  1. Pastor Grogan,

    Thank you so much for posting these 10 tips. I will really look into them thoroughly(I really needed them).

    For #4, does this mean that there are or will be some people who have to leave the church?

    I love you.


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