Over the last five years, I have been amazed at the ethnic diversity of our congregation. We never talk about it or make a big deal about it. We started diverse and we have kept the same beautiful variety. I think it set the tone when our Bishop appointed a Hispanic, a Black, and a white (2) to our deacon board. He subtly pronounced our intentions of equality. What is so cool is that he didn’t even try to do it. It was simply natural.
I often get asked by other pastors how we accomplish our diversity. I don’t have a definitive answer for them. Other than we try hard to love, accept, and use all people. I have been raised in PromiseLand all my life so I don’t really know any other concept. Our church in Austin has the same ethnic diversity.
What is interesting to me is that quietly we are erasing the cultural divide locally. While others in the national spotlight give speeches about how we need to do everything, the ‘common folk’ of San Marcos are actually showing the world how to do it. You (of PSM) are a great example. We don’t expect everyone to be like each other (melting pot), but we honor each other, respect one another, love each other.
I want to ask those of you in the church… How has being a part of this church changed your outlook of other races in a positive way? Have you always gone to multicultural churches?
Those of you that don’t attend our local church…I don’t think we are perfect. We have room for improvement. BUT, there is some incredible fruit blossoming from this place.