Sep 12, 2012

Does Your Children's Ministry Champion Diversity?

“We must face the sad fact that at the eleven o’clock hour on Sunday morning when we stand to sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America…and the most segregated school is Sunday school.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Does everyone in your church look like you?  If so, why?  The church should be the #1 champion of diversity. 

Heaven is going to reflect the wonderful diversity that God loves. 

"After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb."    
Revelation 7:9 

It's time we bring a little heaven to earth.
 
America is becoming more diverse with each passing year.   By 2050, there will not be a majority ethnic group.  The churches that God will use in the years to come will be diverse churches.

How can your Children's Ministry champion diversity?  You must be intentional.  Diversity happens when people are intentional.
  • Champion diversity in leadership.  Your church leaders should reflect diversity.
  • Champion diversity in cultural awareness.
  • Honor holidays such as MLK day, Cinco de Mayo, etc.
  • Reflect diversity in media and print pieces.
Effective Children's Ministry is diverse Children's Ministry.

4 comments:

Love your post.
Partner with a church of another color.
Music and benefit concerts is an easy place to find commonalities or in a service project.

Better yet...how about the church being made up of all ethnicities. If your church is reaching everyone, your own congregation will be diverse.

And if people are not connecting with others (especially those of a different ethnicity or culture) outside of "church," then all the efforts might feel fake.

Amen, Dale! Diversity is intentionally including and integrating. It goes beyond partnering with churches of color. I pray for the day when churches don't have to THINK about ways to be inclusive. I pray that it will just BE a way of doing ministry. Great post!

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