When looking for ways to reach ethnic groups different than your own, establishing connections takes effort. The resources below are compiled to cultivate authentic action for outreach. Learn from the work and perspective of missionaries to America.
Growing your congregation among diverse ethnic groups makes a special kind of spiritual experience. According to research by Religious News, multiracial churches have higher levels of spirituality and grow larger than homogenous churches. At the 2019 LCMS convention a resolution was passed to prioritize reaching new immigrants with the gospel. Read and download Committee 1, resolution A, “To Strengthen Multi-Ethnic Outreach” here.
Currently, the growth of Christian congregations is driven mostly by nonwhites, whether Catholic or Protestant, evangelical or mainline. Over the past half-century, 71 percent of growth in Catholicism, for instance, has come from its Hispanic community. In the Assemblies of God, one of the few U.S. denominations to show overall growth, white membership slightly declined while nonwhite membership increased by 43 percent over 10 years.
Missionary James spent many years overseas as a missionary. Here he shares insights on best practices for reaching a new ethnic group.
President Dan Gilbert Interviews Rev. Terry Chan on his doctoral project on YouTube.
Sermons in Spanish with Professor Ben Haupt, associate provost and assistant professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, translated into Spanish by Dr. Hector Hoppe, senior editor of Multilingual Resources at Concordia Publishing House.
David Frum’s Article in the April Atlantic Monthly Magazine reports that by 2027 the foreign born population of the US is projected to equal its previous peak from 1890, 14.8% of the population – and then keep rising.
Religious News Service
A report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations. November 30, 2018.
New York Times
Free wheelchairs for people in developing countries.
Barna Research breaks down differences in understanding of the verse among denominations and other demographics.
The New Yorker
New York Times
Religion News Services
The Most and Least Racially Diverse U.S. Religious Groups
Pew Research Center
John Yoder, of Immigrant Ministry Connections shares links, ideas and tools to speak with Muslims about Christ.
Jock Ficken, PLI, writes a great blog about "the 3 immigrants who have deeply impacted my life." https://plileadership.org/3-immigrants-who-made-a-difference-in-my-life-and-a-book-to-make-sense-of-it/
Bernice Bunkowske has written a book of memories called, “Send Me.” Its intended to open eyes and hearts to God’s mission call – and tells the story of how God called her as a young girl, after she had read the biography of Mary Slessor. To find out more and order the book click here.
To enhance your ministry among the nations, learn how the Bible speaks to cultures of guilt, shame, and fear. Western theology emphasizes forgiveness of sins, but people in the Majority World seek honor or spiritual power. In today’s globalized world, Christians need a three-dimensional gospel of God's innocence, honor, and power. Is your gospel 3D? The 3-D Gospel
Healthy relationships across cultures are possible. Dr. Michelle Reyes takes a close look at the concept of cultural accommodation found in Scripture—and especially in the letter of 1 Corinthians—to redefine how Christians interact with cultural narratives that are different from their own. Becoming All Things
For outreach to Asian populations, Rev. Terry Chan is available to help you find direction. You can contact Terry Chan at SFMissions@gmail.com. Also review resources by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation or contact Rev. Ted Nathalang at TNathalang@LHFmissions.org.
Refugee Resource Blogs
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
The Imaginative Conservative
Association of Religion Data Archives
Why are Missionaries in America?
Rebecca Y Kim
Janel Kragt Bakker
“Antioch Redux” – Paper given at international presidents of Lutheran churches meeting suggesting a more biblical approach to church planting. Robert Scudieri, 2004. Click here to read.