Department of Multicultural Ministries
Paul, writing in Acts 17:24-27 said, “The God who made the world and all things in it, since he is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; neither is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all life and breath and all things; and he made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (NAS)
This means that the people groups or “nations” of the world (ethne) have been placed sovereignly by God here in the U.S. for His purposes. His call to each of us is to reach out to them with the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, using all means available.
This means that rather than being afraid of current immigration trends, we should embrace the presence of the immigrant groups, and welcome the global evangelism opportunity they represent. God has brought the mission fields of the world together. It is our dream that the EMC should resemble the vision of the Apostle John in Rev. 7:9–people of every nation, tribe, people [group] and language! If we are effectively reaching our society, then a cross-section of the local church should roughly resemble (demographically and socially) the cross-section of the corresponding local community.
EMC pastor’s and leaders
This department has been created to assist in the evangelistic and church planting ministries among the diverse ethnicities within the boundaries of the North American Conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church, in order to effectively communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many culture groups as possible for the winning of the lost, the making of disciples and the establishing of viable, reproductive local churches.
- Develop systematic strategies and encourage the establishment and growth of effective multicultural ministries in the Evangelical Methodist Church.
- Establish a funding base.
- Maintain a relationship with and seek information from denominational and interdenominational organizations which are actively ministering to ethnicities.
Categories of Ministries
- Mono-ethnic – a congregation of one distinct ethnic group with few or no other ethnicities represented.
- Multi-congregational – an established church which shares its facilities with another or other congregations which are ethnically or culturally different.
- Multi-lingual – an established church in which regular services may be translated into another language for the benefit of a second language group.
- Multi-cultural – an established church comprised of multiple ethnicities in which no single ethnic group makes up more than 80% of the congregation.