These are notes gleaned from Ray Chang’s breakout at Exponential 16 (4/27/16). Dr. Chang is the pastor of a multicultural church pastor Ambassador Church, founder of the AmbassadorNet, and church planting leader with the Evangelical Free Church of America.
Dr. Chang suggests the vision for starting a multicultural church begins with three realities.
A biblical reality:
- Creation (Gen. 1)
- Fall (Gen 3)
- Flood (Gen. 10:5)
- Tower of Babel (Gen. 11)
- Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12)
- Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20)
- Pentecost (Acts 2)
- Epistles (Gal. 3:8)
>> today the church lives between the above scriptures and the below scriptures <<
- Heaven and Kingdom (Rev. 5, 7)
A sociological reality: homogenous bridges in a heterogeneous church.
McGavran’s idea was correct, that Good News travels across cultural chasms when there are “bridges of God” that are mono-cultural or homogenous.
But “this was a practical reality” that people turned into a “theological reality” to target specific groups and miss the mosaic that McGavran had in mind of a heterogeneous church that has built homogenous bridges of God to multiple cultures.
The missiological reality: making disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19-20).