The Multiethnic Church Movement Hasn’t Lived up to Its Promise

March 2021 Christianity Today cover story by Korie Little Edwards, professor of sociology at The Ohio State University.

The Multiethnic Church Movement Hasn’t Lived up to Its Promise: Multiracial churches have not been good news for everyone. What can we do about it?

Pastor Richard Johnson struck me as an affable person as he excitedly shared with me the journey that led him to start a multiethnic church. It was 2010, and we were meeting for lunch on Ohio State University’s campus at his request. He was still in the early stages of church planting and reached out when he heard that I—a Christian and a professor who studied multiracial churches—lived in his town.

Over lunch, I listened to Pastor Rich tell me his story about why he chose to leave the black church and make his foray into the multiethnic church world.

“I was praying about a Latina worship leader because we’re going to be diverse, you know, in what we represent up front. We’re doing this because of (every nation, tribe, people, and language in) Revelation 7,” he recalls telling me. “We just have to do this differently.”

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