At the Raytown Vineyard, we are convinced that God’s heart is to develop churches that enjoy the multicultural and multiracial environment that is reflected in the broader community.
While we are clear in our understanding of this principle, we are continiously being challenged to find out how to actually DO what needs to be done to BECOME who we are called to become.
Here are some of the key questions we are wrestling with:
1) How can we best join God in speaking to people’s hearts in their own language?
2) How can we build more flexibility into our church community culture to become more adaptable–both over the long haul, and sometimes even “on the fly”?
3) How much about what makes church “familar” and “comfortable” are we willing to give up to make others feel at home?
4) How can we help people from diverse cultures and people groups feel not just “welcome” but truly “wanted”?
5) How can we honor each person’s culture and perspective while maintaining unity of purpose and mission?
As a young new church, we have experienced some small successes. But honestly, this is going to be a lifelong process as we continue to change and grow. We are seeking to remain centered on the permanence of God’s nature while remaining completely adaptable in communication styles and methods.
What do you think? Leave a comment below.
And come join us this Sunday at 5 as we CONNECT with a challenging message about “God’s Heart for a Multicultural Multiracial Church”.