American Megachurches: Multi-ethnicity

It’s interesting to ponder why the mega-churches would be more successful at blending the races than others. Do they make a special effort? Is it about being big? Or the quality of the programs?

Part of it has to be the simple fact that they want to be multi-ethnic. I mean, lots of churches like the idea of racial diversity but don’t actually pursue the goal. The key, I think, is actually trying.

And it may be that a large church is more likely to already have minority members, meaning a minority family hoping not to be the only minority family in the church will be more likely to visit a large church.

And a megachurch is more likely to accommodate a broad range of political beliefs, which helps the church be more attractive to minorities. Indeed, my experience is that as churches grow, they become more diverse in many ways — politically, economically, racially, etc. And their increasing diversity helps them grow more. 

Of course, for long-time members, the diversity can be disconcerting. They remember the congregation having a certain comfortable uniformity. As they see the uniformity disappearing, they feel less at home. Large churches find ways to cope with these feelings while continuing to pursue diversity within Christianity.

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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