What If My Church is Not Diverse? - Radical

What If My Church is Not Diverse?

Should my church be ethnically diverse? What would the body of Christ look like if it embraced diversity? In this video, Trillia Newbell discusses what true diversity in the Body of Christ looks like. True diversity surpasses skin color and ethnicity. The Body of Christ is already incredibly diverse and unique, as each Child of God has been given various gifts and ways in which to serve and glorify the Lord. As Christians, we can and should be constantly learning from one another and embracing our unique differences. Diversity often refers to ethnicity, but Trillia Newbell argues within this video that it certainly refers to our beautifully created differences.

  1. Giftings
  2. Uniqueness
  3. Needing Each Other

What if my Church is not Diverse?

There is no doubt that there are communities that will not be diverse. There are, and if someone is living in rural Appalachia, it’s going to be hard to have diversity.

When we talk about this, we want to think about Paul when he talks about in Corinthians. He’s talking about the church and all of our various gifts. We don’t have to narrow our pursuit of diversity to ethnicity. I think it’s important that we recognize it, that we talk about it, that we think about it, but God has created us all unique. We’re all unique regardless of our ethnicity.

We can have churches that are diverse and we can think of churches in that way that are diverse and welcoming and are loving, that are of people of all different backgrounds and we can all learn from each other. I think that’s why Paul encourages us to… That we need one another. We can’t just have hands. We need feet and eyes, the whole body.

Trillia Newbell is the author of numerous books, including a six-week Bible study on Romans 8, If God Is for Us: The Everlasting Truth of Our Great Salvation. You can find her at trillianewbell.com.


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