LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer says, Diverse Churches are Rare Partly Because of Human Nature

A Hillsong NYC church service at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center. (Photo: Facebook/Hillsong Church NYC)
A Hillsong NYC church service at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center. (Photo: Facebook/Hillsong Church NYC)

Although the vast majority of Protestant pastors believe churches (85 percent) should strive to be racially diverse organizations, almost the same number (86 percent) said that their personal congregations only reflected one predominant racial or ethnic group, according to a recently released LifeWay Research poll.

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said diverse churches remain rare, partly because of human nature.

“Everybody wants diversity,” said Stetzer. “But many don’t want to be around people who are different.”

DJ Chuang, the founder of The Social Media Church, said that one problem churches face in racially diversifying their congregations is a lack of “resources.”

“It’s a lot of hard work. It’s time-consuming and it takes a lot of energy to do it. It’s a harder thing to do to be diversified versus being homogenous and so human nature is going to pick the path of least resistance,” Chuang told The Christian Post on Tuesday.

Chuang, who serves as a board member on Mosaix Global Network (MGN), “a resource and global network for multiethnic churches,” said that at times the call to be multiethnic goes against widely-accepted strategies on church planting and growth.

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SOURCE: MORGAN LEE 
Christian Post