5 Truths about Diversity in the Church

by Ed Stetzer. Outreach Magazine, August 2016.


This brief article focuses on what diversity is, why it happens, and how churches should view it.


biblical support for diversity, statistics about racial diversity in Evangelical churches, multicultural and multi-ethnic churches

Recommended Audience

congregations interested in becoming more divers



Practical Applications

  • Reflect on diversity in your congregation by discussing with your board or leadership team.
  • Introduce the idea of diversity in congregational life by sharing with small groups and Sunday School classes.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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