Is a Christian Identity Compatible with an Ethnic Identity? An Exploration of Ethnic Identity Negotiations Influences and Implications for Multiethnic Congregations

From: Volume 11, Issue 1: Spring 2014, Small Group Ministries Pages 33-51


The ethnic landscape of the United States is changing dramatically. This increased heterogeneity is prompting churches to wrestle with issues of diversity, giving rise to multiethnic churches. This article explores ethnic identity negotiation among migrants to the United States and its relevancy for multiethnic churches. The specific influences that encourage or discourage ethnic identity are described. In understanding these influences, multiethnic churches will better be able to encourage ethnic identity in a diverse community.Ministry implications and educational considerations for multiethnic churches are provided as starting points for congregational engagement and discipleship with individuals of different ethnicities.

KeyWords: Multiethnic, Identity, Ethnic, Congregation, Immigrants, Curriculum, Christian



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