Neighborhood Transitions

Ed Stetzer is doing a blog series on churches in transitional neighborhoods (part 1, part 2). He lays out three options (the second and third will be in upcoming posts, which I’m looking forward to seeing):

  • congregational relocation to a context more in line with their congregation,
  • intentional multicultural integration in one congregation, or
  • multi-congregational partnership in one building.

Pembroke (long before I got here) decided to pursue a hybrid of the second and third options. We have four different language congregations on our campus (English, Haitian,  Spanish, Korean), which is awesome. But something more amazing, I think, is that our English congregation is 55% black (with a large percentage being Caribbean), 35% white, and 10% Hispanic. By God’s grace, the cool thing is to see how closely this represents our community (the data is from the New York Times interactive demographic mapping site, which if you haven’t seen it, is suh-weet!):

One thing I love about our church is the beautiful tension of cultural and generational diversity we see every Sunday. It’s something only Jesus can create and only Jesus can sustain. We have not by any means figured out everything, but I’m grateful that we’re on the pathway to seeing God’s new humanity and Ephesians 2 as a reality, heaven breaking on earth.

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About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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One Response to Neighborhood Transitions

  1. So, friends—it would seem we have a choice to make. I personally don’t wish to participate in manifesting the global chaos and destruction possibility, however likely it may look from here. (Obviously, we’re currently tuned into a station where Earth is going through some fairly drastic physical changes or we wouldn’t even be having this conversation!) I prefer the scenario where we surrender to God In Us, and rise up to a new frequency where the story will read, “While there was a possibility of Mother Earth cleansing through a great cataclysm, we chose, instead, to lift up all Creation through our Love and alignment with Spirit, and thus Earth and her children peacefully became shining and new again in the process.” So I will be setting my consciousness to that channel. Check in and see if your Spirit agrees with this “let’s create it higher” view. If so, please join me in choosing an easy, joyful transition. It’s far easier to create and sustain a reality when we do it together!

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