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In a previous post, we looked at historical examples of denominations that have fractured along ethnic lines, and considered some of the ways in which cross-cultural communication, or lack of diverse relationships, may have contributed to internal misunderstandings and ultimately division. It is important to mention that in many cases churches that are formed around ethnic affinity have traditionally served as places of belonging and are characterized by deep, family-like relationships. While churches will continue to form and exist by ethnic affinity, many more churches today are being planted or transitioned to reflect the diversity of the community just outside their doors. Certainly changing demographics are contributing to the rise of multiethnic churches today.
More significantly, it is important to understand that the multiethnic church is rooted in New Testament ecclesiology (having existed in such cities as Antioch, Ephesus, and Rome). At the end of the day, we are destined for a multiethnic future in heaven (Revelations 7:9). With all this being said, we are hoping and planning to learn to walk, work, and worship God together as one by: