The Making of a Multi-Ethnic Church (Part1)

Colorado Community Church is known for its’ diversity.

Back CameraWhen we started fifteen years ago our hope was  to reflect our local community of Aurora, Colorado.  At the time, our part of the city was 82% White; 11% Black; 5% Latino; 2% Asian and 1%other.   Today this suburb of Denver is even more diverse with 127 languages spoken in the Aurora Public Schools District!

When you take into account the diversity of our city and the fact that multicultural churches “tend to be more diverse than the neighborhoods in which they reside.”  One would think that multi-ethnic congregations would have been commonplace in our community.  However, that wasn’t the case.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s old adage about Sunday morning being the most segregated time of the week rang true in our city as well.

Today, Colorado Community Church is a vibrant multicultural, international, inter-denominational gathering of 3000+ followers of Christ committed to washing the feet of our city.  Demographically we are 57% white; 32% black; 8% Latino; 1% Asian, 2% other with over 20 different nations of origin.

As Lead Pastor I’m often asked about what went in to the making of this multiethnic church.  I thought I’d take the time to write a series of posts chronicling what we did with the hopes of accelerating what the Spirit of God is doing in our nation.  There are a growing number of churches recognizing and living out the truth that Jesus on the cross broke down the barriers that divide us. We need more.

The authors of United By Faith said it so well:  “The twenty-first century must be the century of multiracial congregations.”

This will be a seven part series with new posts every 2-3 days.  Let me know if there are any specific questions that you want me to address?  Join the conversation…

Why do you think multi-ethnic churches are still the minority in American Christianity?

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