Today is the second of the missional conversation that the Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World has been facilitating. The first of the conversation that took place last month reflected on the trends in world Christianity and missions. Today the conversation explored Multicultural and multi-ethnic churches and context. One major difference that Tayo Arikawe, one of the directors of the Centre shared regarding multicultural and multi-ethnic churches is that, a multi-ethnic church has different nationalities and ethnicities represented in the church but that does not mean that these different cultures shape the running structures of that church. A multicultural church on the other hand will be a church on a journey of sharing power among the different nationalities and ethnicities represented. In essence, it is not enough to have a church that has people from all over the world if those people are not allowed to lead services, be part of our leadership team, lead worship in their own styles, do the children’s talk and part of our preaching teams.
Another emphasis of today’s conversation was grounding the vision of a multicultural church in scripture. God is a God of diversity and this is reflected from the promise made to Abraham that through him all the nations will be blessed, to the eschatological hope that we have in Revelation 7 of all people, tribes and nations. This means that building or going on a journey of a multicultural church is a Gospel imperative and not political correctness. The conversation also argued the point that state multiculturalism as promoted by some European countries is very different from cultural diversity that the church is trying to achieve. In the case of Britain, the former is premised on managing migratory patterns and flows through community cohesion and some form of Britishness while the latter is God’s vision of unity in diversity that expresses the God that we serve!
The conversation will end on the 22nd of May by considering cross-cultural missionary leadership and the implication of Jesus statement, “a house of prayer for all nations!”
To register or book your place please follow this link http://www.globalconnections.org.uk/events/a-missional-conversation/140521