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What does a multi-ethnic church really look like?

I get asked this question a lot at Crossroads, namely because we teach and vision-cast a lot about our desire to be a multi-ethnic church, which I usually follow-up by saying we still have a long way to go.  We are three and a half years into a 5-year-plan where becoming a multi-ethnic congregation was one of our goals.  Sociologists say that a multi-ethnic congregation can be defined as when the dominant group is not larger than 80% of the total population.  On our best day, if you include our kids and teens (where the majority of our people of color* are), we might barely fit the 80/20 rule — so does this mean we’ve met our goal in becoming a true multi-ethnic church?

*People of Color is the contemporary term used in academic conversations about race in America.  “Non-white” is not a good term because it forces people of color to identify themselves in relation to the standard of whiteness rather than in relation to themselves.  It is not to be confused with the historical racial slur “colored.”

This is where I follow-up by saying we still have a long way to go!  It’s relatively easy to become multi-colored, but this is very different than being truly multi-cultural.  A true multi-ethnic church is probably beyond the reach of most people, which is why you see so few of them and so few real efforts to become one.  So, beyond the 80/20 principle, what does a true multi-ethnic church really look like?

Trust and Safety

I’ll start with this one because if it goes misunderstood, the rest of the identifiers won’t matter (and probably won’t happen).  A person of color needs to be able to lament, emote, pray, and petition the Lord and their church community about the challenges of oppression they face on a daily basis.  They need to be able to do this without being judged or corrected by the white population. Continue Reading…

Noah Filipiak interviews Derek Webb about his career change from hit CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) band Caedman’s Call to his solo career.  The focus of the interview centers around how to be real as a ministry leader who is in the spotlight with a public persona.  Derek’s lyrics are known for being transparent, agitating and vulnerable, yet he shares how he didn’t have close friends he was vulnerable with until very recently when he was left with no choice.  Derek and Noah discuss this common problem among ministry leaders and what can be done about it.

You can listen to Noah’s interview with Derek Webb below via the Podbean Player or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes

Connect with Derek on Twitter and Facebook (longtime Webb fans will enjoy the hilarious “Old Derek Webb” Twitter handle as well… “you know, the one that never did anything controversial.”) – Check out tons of free music from Derek, videos, and more

Derek is also the co-founder of Noisetrade, a revolutionary tribe-building platform where artists and authors post free music and books for download.

From the interview, here is the article (copied from Derek’s Facebook page) entitled “Derek Webb: On Failure, Liturgy and New Years”

Blog posts I’ve done on politics, inspired by Derek’s song “Savior on Capitol Hill”: The Idol of Politics, 4 Reasons to Disdain the Political Election Season

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at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakEpisode #6 of “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast is here!

Recording artist Jessa Anderson and I talk about the tension in the Christian music industry between making good music with good theology, how all of life’s struggles can’t be fixed in a 3 and half minute song with a pretty bow at the end of it, and the lure of writing in a way that will get you on the radio.  We talk about the depression and anxiety ministry leaders face and how our churches and Christian music need to give more exposure to these darker sides of our faith walk.  If you are a music fan of any kind, are a ministry leader, or want to know how to better support your ministry leaders, this is a great episode for you.

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Resources mentioned in the episode:

Tim Keller’s blog