Exit Interviews

Why blacks are leaving evangelical ministries.

I used to take a certain amount of pride in being the first African American on staff at Christianity Today. But I was routinely humbled when I realized that being first isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When you’re the only one, there’s always a sense that you’re in an extremely unstable position, as if one healthy gust of wind could topple you—and with you, the hopes of other people with your skin color.

The full article can be read at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/february/4.104.html

I find many of the comments to be extremely transparent and insightful.  Can these same insights be applied to why Blacks are leaving the mainline denominational churches? Is there a deeper systemic problem with the structure and function of the churches in general? Is the growing house church movement (which is largly ignored by the popular media) actually growing with African Americans who are leaving the church?

Can we actually have a cross cultural worshipping community that focuses on Jesus Christ and not our differences.  Can we embrace the different cultural worship expressions without being so conected to our own that tolerate rather than embrace different worship styles?  Is racisim still the major cause of our segregation in worship? Is the Beloved Community a myth, a dream or a distant reality?

Struggling to Understand

Pastor William T Chaney Jr