Diversity and Pastoral Leadership

Recently our church staff leadership has begun specific discussion on the issue of diversity. At some level every church must deal with how it will approach the racial makeup of the congregation. Some church leaders simply ignore the issue, which is, I believe, to the church’s ultimate detriment. Others accept racial change in their congregation, but do little to encourage or foster bridges between races. This often leads to various ethnic groups living in awkward...

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What Is the Goal of Church Promotion?

In promoting herself, the church is first acting in obedience to Christ to make disciples, to tell others about Christ and to serve the world. What then is the goal of promotion in relation to these activities? We must know our goal if we are to be effective in using our resources to promote the church. First, realize that the goal of promotion is not to grow the church. More specifically, pushing for numerical growth...

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