We're planting a church Pt. 5: A Multicultural Church
The vision God has given us for Awaken Church in Natchitoches, LA, is for awakening people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus, and equipping them to awaken others.
The snapshot we're beginning with is that Awaken Church will intentionally be a...
Why is being a multicultural church so important to us?
A part of this vision God is giving us is that this new church plant will reflect the beautiful reality of the Kingdom of God. In the Temple in Jerusalem, Jesus said that it was to "be a house of prayer for all nations." (Mark 11:17) We've found, lost in the translation, that "all nations" is more clearly understood as "all people groups." Awaken Church will be a house of prayer for all people groups, reflecting the beauty of the Kingdom of God.
Also, this vision is that this new church plant will reflect the community, and its richness of diversity. Natchitoches, LA, is a very culturally diverse community. The racial/ethnic diversity in the area is extremely high. African-Americans account for 49.5% of the population, and Anglos make up 44%. Historically, Native American and Creole cultures also play a big role in the community. Lifestyle diversity is extremely high with 28 of the 50 U.S. Lifestyles segments represented. The area can be described as extremely non-traditional due to the below average presence of married persons and two-parent families. (2016 stats provided by Percept Group, Inc.)
Interesting as well, is the cultural diversity at Northwestern State University (NSU), which is a big part in the vision God is giving us for Awaken Church. Because of the International Student Exchange Program, students from all over the world are attending NSU. Students are: 57% Anglo, 28% African-American, 4% Hispanic, and the rest Asian, Native-American, and International. (Stats from Niche.com)
We are really looking forward to gathering our launch team soon and collaborating how to creatively and intentionally be a multicultural church! We are thankful to be planting with LA Congregational Ministries of the Church of God (LCMCOG), which is leading the way in multicultural diversity in ministry in the church of God! LOVE this pic from our commissioning prayer service (March 4, 2016)!