Who Should the Church Look Like?: A Study on Diversity

Thursday, 30 Apr 2015

"There are people who really believe that the church has missed the boat. And once Christians started to believe that discrimination and prejudice could be at the root of their congregations, they began to really panic."
Cole Brown says he was surprised by all of the discouraging advice he received as he was preparing to start a multiethnic church in inner-city Portland, Oregon. In 2006, the now 33-year-old pastor was planting what he described as a charismatic Reformed church, connected to the Acts 29 Network. Dozens of people told him it was "absolutely impossible" to plant an ethnically diverse church, and they advised against it. Instead, he was told to "pick a target group; aim for them. That's how you'll build the kingdom." But he says, "I just couldn't, ...

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