The Pew Research Center has recently posted a graph showing the racial diversity of various American denominations.
The adult US population has a diversity score of 6.6, whereas the Churches of Christ score 6.1 — very close. In fact, the US is 66% white, while the Churches of Christ are 69% white. And, frankly, I doubt that the statistics are accurate within 3%, given the difficulty of getting good numbers from a denomination like the Churches of Christ.
So that’s good. In fact, only the Assemblies of God and Church of God (Cleveland, TN) more closely reflect the overall racial mix of the US population.
But what’s bad is that we achieve this level of diversity largely through highly segregated congregations. Racial diversity is just a statistic if it doesn’t reflect actual mixing of the races in Christian fellowship and mission. In fact, I’m not sure what institution or event you could visit that would reflect the racial mix of the entire denomination.
But if we could just muster the courage and gospel conviction to merge some churches …