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Reconciled Diversity: Or Why I Go to the Inhabit Conference

[Update: Make sure to check out Coté Soerens’s response to this post. She brings up some important points: “Yet, we are a long ways to go in the task of breaking long-held barriers to diversity and dialogue between communities in the US…The forces behind homogeneity in our church communities, such as discrimination, privilege, and inequality, demand holistic efforts based on tireless presence and practice.” I’m happy Coté is one of the presenters at this year’s conference.]

One of the most distressing aspects of the Church Growth Movement is its reliance on homogeneity. Donald McGavran, the Father of the Church Growth Movement, talked about the “homogeneous unit principle.”  McGavran wrote: “People like to become Christians without crossing racial, linguistic, or class barriers…The world’s population is a mosaic, and each piece has a separate life of its own that seems strange and often unlovely to men and women of other pieces.”

Continue reading on the Slow Church blog…

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