In an interview with Rev. Dr. Geraldo Marti, host Shirley Hoogstra of Calvin College invites his response to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s pronouncement that eleven o’clock Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. Based on experience as former pastor of Mosaic Church, a diverse Southern Baptist congregation in Los Angeles, and research as a Sociologist at Davidson College, Marti states there is no formula for growing an intercultural church but there are some essentials. One is a strong leader who inspires people with a vision. That vision must include an understanding that the church is always changing and must emphasize the risk of welcoming people who are unlike themselves, while at the same time finding similarities on a personal level. Mosaic grew, says Marti, because people seek to know newcomers and value them for their differences. Marti’s remarks are helpful for established multiethnic congregations as well as those striving to meet needs in their community.
Curated by Phyllis Wezeman