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By Kathleen Garces-Foley

Whereas spiritual groups frequently pressure the common nature in their ideals, it continues to be real that individuals decide to worship along these they determine with most simply. Multiethnic church buildings are infrequent within the usa, yet as American attitudes towards range swap, so too does the attraction of a church that gives variety. becoming a member of the sort of group, besides the fact that, is uncomfortable-worshippers needs to actually move the boundaries of ethnic distinction via getting into the spiritual house of the ethnically "other." in the course of the tale of 1 multiethnic congregation in Southern California, Kathleen Garces-Foley examines what it potential to confront the demanding situations in forming a spiritual group throughout ethnic divisions and attracting a extra diverse club.

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As a historically Asian American church, Evergreen’s approach to racial reconciliation does not fit neatly into either the individualistic approach of mainstream evangelicals or the more radical approach of social-justice-oriented evangelicals. Instead, the way racial reconciliation is discussed at Evergreen suggests that Asian Americans, as well as other people of color, may be bringing greater race consciousness into the evangelical subculture. ” Church growth proponents have been critical of racial reconciliation theology, claiming that it detracts from the real Great Commission of saving souls, but the central message of racial reconciliation theology is that spreading the Gospel must occur across cultural boundaries.

As a historically Asian American church, Evergreen’s approach to racial reconciliation does not fit neatly into either the individualistic approach of mainstream evangelicals or the more radical approach of social-justice-oriented evangelicals. Instead, the way racial reconciliation is discussed at Evergreen suggests that Asian Americans, as well as other people of color, may be bringing greater race consciousness into the evangelical subculture. ” Church growth proponents have been critical of racial reconciliation theology, claiming that it detracts from the real Great Commission of saving souls, but the central message of racial reconciliation theology is that spreading the Gospel must occur across cultural boundaries.

As the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles became increasingly Latino and members of Evergreen moved east to the San Gabriel Valley, the church decided in 1982 to relocate to the Valley, on a larger site in the city of Rosemead, with the goal of reaching the growing Asian American population there. 3 Like many evangelical ministers of his generation, Pastor Ken was trained in seminary in the homogeneous unit principle of church growth. Donald McGavran, the director of the School of World Missions at Fuller Seminary in Los Angeles, developed this principle in 1936.

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