Daniel Im, a teaching pastor at The Fellowship a multisite church in Nashville, shared some interesting observations at the Mosiax Pre-conference at Exponential East today. Here are some of the take-aways.
Cultural comfort develops in our childhood. “If your parents had a dog when you were young, you probably want a dog when you enter adulthood. The same is mostly true for cats.”
Is there a place in America for a mono-ethnic Asian church? “There is a lot of grey area around this for immigrant groups. If it is language-based, then probably yes. But, maybe not for second-generation churches… So, what if we partnered and shared our facilities with immigrant churches and helped disciple the second generation?” This would be what I have described as a Multicultural Alliance Model where the church assets are shared. Read more about this here … http://intercultural.church/five-types-of-multicultural-churches/
An Example of a Multicultural Alliance Model: “We had a first generation Arabic congregation in our church. They didn’t have much finances, so with our support of giving them their space free, they could concentrate on reaching their culture. They told us, ‘We don’t want to be an independent church. We would rather not do the organizational piece’.”
For more on Daniel and his ministry, see … https://www.danielim.com