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The Future of Church Planting in North America


Damian Emetuche

The Future of Church Planting in North America looks to Jesus as the model for life and ministry as he said, «As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you». In exploring this passage, the author asks, what does this passage mean in church-planting terms? How do we apply the concept of being «sent» within contemporary North America? This region of the world, much like the Middle East in the early first century, is populated by a mosaic of people from all nations, tribes, and language groups. Dr. Emetuche argues that church planting by the majority of the North American churches has been unduly influenced by cultures and traditions rather than by a well-thought-out missiological application of theological convictions. Examining the life and ministry of Jesus as found in the Gospel of John as well as the New Testament church plants, the author makes a strong case for a multicultural church planting as a model for the future. Dr. Emetuche maintains that church planting is about the transformation of lives and cultures through relationship with Christ and, therefore, involves spiritual warfare. Consequently, communities formed through this union in Christ transcend culture, tradition, and national allegiances and become multicultural.
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Chapter 6. Practical Issues in Multicultural Churches



This chapter offers suggestions for practical issues involved in the multicultural church plant. Some of the challenges addressed will include leadership questions, evangelistic strategies, worship styles, training of leadership, and strategic locations for new church plants.

The Question of Leadership

It should be noted from the onset that anything and everything that is not genetically inherited is cultural. We are all products of our cultural upbringings and are often ignorant of how we are immersed into them and have become slaves to our cultures and traditions. The blindfolding of culture can be even more subtle, as Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Steve Kang, and Gary Parrett argued. For example, “If I belong to a given culture and am ministering to people who, for the most part, share the same culture, we may together be essentially blind to how that culture is affecting our perspective. This type of problem is even more vexing if the group in question represents the majority culture within a larger context.”1

The result is that, more often than not, our leadership style becomes more culturally structured than biblically oriented. To achieve harmony in a multicultural ← 83 | 84 → church, leadership has to be shared. Demanding that leadership be shared is not to be construed to mean an affirmative action approach. Although there is nothing wrong in addressing historical wrongs by creating opportunities for the disenfranchised, the primary concern here is spiritual leadership. The Bible prescribes...

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