Revelation 7:9 depicts an innumerable multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language, gathered around the Lamb’s throne in unending praise. Such a verse casts a vision of the congregation all Christians are headed for. But what bearing does this future picture have on our present situation? Should multiethnicity be a characteristic local churches aspire to and actively pursue now? Must every congregation resemble the United Nations?
In a new 10-minute roundtable, John Piper (former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis), Trip Lee (hip-hop artist and pastor of Cornerstone Church in Atlanta), and Stephen Um (pastor of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston) tackle this question in an effort to help churches consider their own cultural composition. Watch as these leaders consider ways of building ethnic diversity in the church, what this conveys to the outside world, what it means to faithfully represent your community in your congregation, and more. The cited Piper article, “How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethnic Diversity,” unpacks these issues in greater detail.