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Diversity: The Future of the American Church

While I’ve never been one to have long-range vision (I generally have a hard time planning beyond a year), I’m starting to think the American church has a lot of “planning” to do.

I’ll be honest. Most of my pastor friends are pretty stinking white. Most of their churches are pretty white. It’s not that we don’t have a passion and a heart to reach beyond our ethnicity, if we’re honest with ourselves, we just haven’t learned how do to it very effectively.

I read an interesting article the other day that provided a detailed view of what the world will look like in 2050. The article stated…

Last week, the Census Bureau announced that more than half of children under age 2 in the U.S. are ethnic minorities. Add to that the non-Hispanic white population’s increasing age (in California, for example, the median age for non-Hispanic whites is almost 10 years older than that of the state as a whole), and the U.S. in 2050 will look a lot different than the one we know today.

An earlier article claimed statistics show…

America is aging. Americans are living longer but having fewer children, and the country’s population growth can be largely attributed to immigration, much of it Hispanic. We’ve known this for a while — earlier reports have estimated that whites would become a minority in the U.S. by the year 2050.

So how do you think many of our church’s are going to have to change over the next few decades if we want to continue to reach the American population for Christ?

Is there something we can learn from missionaries in other countries? 
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Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, WithoutWax.tv. Pete is married and has three sons.