Joys and Benefits of Becoming a Cross-Racial or Cross-Cultural Ministry Setting

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A cross-racial or cross-cultural (cr/cc) ministry setting is created when a local church receives a pastor whose lived experience is substantially different from that of the majority of the congregation. This could be because of various kinds of difference: race, ethnicity, language, class, nationality, theology, and others.

What happens to a local church when it becomes a cr/cc setting? We posed that question to 300 pastors who currently serve in cr/cc settings. They said that there are certainly challenges, but there are even more benefits. We asked the pastors to choose five significant benefits to their congregations. The chart below displays how many of those pastors chose each benefit.

Questions for thought and discussion:

  • Why would being a cr/cc setting bring about each of these benefits?
  • Think about your own congregation. Which of these would be true for you, if you were to become a setting for cross-racial or cross-cultural ministry?
  • If your local church is already a cr/cc setting, which of these benefits has been more real for you?

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