Jeff Brumley wrote in August of 2012 “Pastors forsee a raceless church.” But, before I celebrate this word of encouragement, I must say that Brumley’s definition of a multicultural church: “(socially colored) black and white church members” is incorrect. Two cultures is bicultural not multicultural. And though this is a great triumph for American Christianity, it is by no means the image of the kingdom of God. Now, where was I?
In the above- mentioned article, now almost two years old (How did I miss this?), pastors speak of a foreseeable future when congregations will be culturally diverse. It offers insight as to why the change is needed and what pastors are doing to encourage it. Amy Butler, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. summed it up well, “The church will have to do this or the church will die,” Butler said. “The churches that are not ready and willing to open their doors to anybody eventually will find that no one is there.”