Randy Remington talks about what it takes for a church to go from cultural sameness to true diversity that reflects the surrounding community. (8 minutes)
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Randy Remington, senior pastor of Beaverton Foursquare Church in Beaverton, Ore., has seen heaven at the grocery store.Living in an ethnically diverse city, where many tribes and tongues can be encountered at the local WinCo, Randy candidly shares how he dealt with the realization that the church he serves was not reflecting the ethnic spectrum of the city they are a part of—they were “Wonder Bread” instead of “multigrain.”Recognizing a divergence between the local church community makeup and the city makeup is a first step toward making a change as a church. But how can we as leaders be missional in our own spaces and reach the nations on our doorsteps?
The strategy taken at Beaverton Foursquare Church took two main avenues. First, they looked for ways to build bridges that connected to people groups that were not yet represented among the church body. But the second essential step was to deliberately break down barriers so that people could engage with and serve in the local church.