Audio Ur: Multi-Ethnic Church Staff

How multi-ethnic should your church staff be? Should churches have hiring quotas to ensure diversity? In the spring issue of Leadership, Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, discusses the importance of being intentional about diversity.

In this podcast Skye Jethani , David Swanson , and Matt Tebbe discuss DeYmaz's article and what happened to all of the racial reconciliation rhetoric from the 90's.

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June 12, 2008

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Art Lucero

October 22, 2008  9:07pm

The term "quota" is directly connected to Affirmative Action that was designed to "overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. The policy was implemented by Federal agencies enforcing the Civil Rights Act of 1964." Affirmative Action has no bearing on the staffing of a multi-ethnic church. It is the world's failed attempt to deal with discrimination by legislating a "level playing field" for all ethnicities and genders. The church on the other hand has something much greater, the blood of Christ. In Galatians 3:28 we read, "There is neither Jew nor Greek (ethnic differences) there is neither bond nor free (social differences), there is neither male nor female (gender differences): for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." All have equal access to the saving grace of the Father. Therefore is a multi-ethnic staff really necessary? Absolutely, it is necessary for the sake of ethnic representation. Why is ethnic representation so important in a multi-ethnic congregation? In North America, Whites have historically been in control. To perpetuate that control in the church is to perpetuate the stereo-types among Whites that minorities cannot be trusted in leadership roles; and among minorities that Whites have to always be in control. Unlike the world which teaches tolerance, the Body of Christ is commanded to love. I agree with the advice given to Mark by his African American Pastor friend, "It is only when you allow us to share your pulpit, to serve with you on the elder board or alongside you in apportioning the money, that we will be truly one with you in church." This shows trust, respect, and the love of Christ. We get there through intentionality in staffing.

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