Against the Current: The Unexpected Challenges of Multi-Ethnic Ministry

Leadership Journal.


This article contains an interview with the senior pastor of River City Community Church in Chicago and discusses issues and questions of multi-ethnic congregations.


leadership models, economic diversity, numerical growth

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Use this article to initiate a conversation about creating a multi-ethnic environment by sharing this article with clergy and lay leaders.
  • Gain insight into how one multi-ethnic congregation was able to address challenges and issues.

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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