I was honored to learn today that Fuller PhD students are using charts/figures from my The Healthy Church book.
Below is the ‘grid” and analysis of a “BOOK ©Whitesel EXCERPT – HEALTHY CHURCH Multicultural Models” from The Healthy Church: Practical Ways to Strengthen a Church’s Heart, (2013, pp. 55-79).
Download the charts depicting the “Five Types of Multi-cultural Churches” here: BOOK EXCERPT MULTICULTURAL MODELS from Whitesel’s Healthy Church
The Multicultural Alliance Church
This church is an alliance of several culturally different sub-congregations. Daniel Sanchez describes it as one church “comprised of several congregations in which the autonomy of each congregation is preserved and the resources of the congregations are combined to present a strong evangelistic ministry.” The different cultures thus form an alliance by joining together as one religious organization in which they equally:
- Share leadership duties (i.e. leadership boards are integrated),
- Share assets (it is only one nonprofit 501c3 organization)
- Offer separate worship expressions (to connect with more cultures)
- Offer blended worship expressions (to create unity).
Offering multiple worship options allows the Multicultural Alliance Church to reach out and connect with several different cultures simultaneously. And a regular blending of traditions in a unity service creates unity amid this diversity. A weekly format of a multicultural alliance church with five sub-congregations could look like this: