The Washington Post has recently given Eric Redmond some face time on the subject of race and ethnic diversity with denominations. Eric Redmond currently serves on the Trustee Board of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Executive Board of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is also Pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Temple Hills, MD. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Faced with a crisis of aging and departing members, the nation’s largest non-Catholic Christian bodies — Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians — are reaching out to minorities in ways they never have before.
Yet, while local churches often remain predominately black or white, the outreach does result in a more diverse national organization.
By establishing churches in minority communities, changing worship practices, electing minorities to leadership positions and purging racism from their language and attitudes, the faiths are seeking to draw in communities of color as a way to boost stagnating or falling membership. The consequences of ignoring those communities, they warn, are dire.
For those of you interested Eric Redmond also has a blog titled A Man from Issachar.
(HT: Ed Stetzer)