WATCH: Alabama Pastors Hope to Put an End to Racial Segregation In Their Pews With “God’s Not White” Sermon Series

COURTESY OF CULTIVATE CHURCH/INSTAGRAM Pastor Brandon Matthews of Cultivate Church in Alabaster, Ala.
COURTESY OF CULTIVATE CHURCH/INSTAGRAM
Pastor Brandon Matthews of Cultivate Church in Alabaster, Ala.

Pastors Brandon Doss and Brandon Matthews, who co-lead Cultivate Church located in a mostly white suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, are hoping to put an end to segregation within the pews with their new sermon series “God’s Not White,” which will address racial tensions and issues that affect Christians in today’s culture.

“We want to take a very sobering look at the reality of where our churches are … then leave out of our churches with people [who] are equipped to do something about it,” the pastors told The Christian Post during a phone interview. “If we can encourage other faith communities to do the same, we believe it can bring transformation to communities all around our country.”

In the wake of shooting deaths of police officers in Texas and New York, and the killing of Christians during a Bible study inside a historic African-American church in Charleston, among other occurances of racial unrest, the inspiration for “God’s Not White” came from John 17, where Jesus prays for believers to be united. For Doss and Matthews, part of that charge is shepherding more diversity within their own church of some 300 members in Alabaster, which they said is “95 percent white.”

“It’s mostly segregated on Sundays. There’s not very many multicultural churches around. … In John 17 Jesus is praying specifically that believers, disciples and even those that are going to become believers would become one,” Matthews said.

“We prayed about it. If we’re going to do it, how do we get people’s attention in a positive manner, not a negative manner. How do we point people to Jesus? [And] what do we need to do to reach people outside of our own culture?” he added.

The first step was recognizing the problem. According to a LifeWay Research poll earlier this year, eight in 10 churches have just one predominant group, and one in five churchgoers say their ethnicity hindered their involvement with the congregation.

Contrast that against the 71 percent of Evangelicals who say their church is diverse enough and the 71 percent of pastors who speak about race in the pulpit only once a year or less.

“The Bible says we were all created in His image and clearly we all look on the outside very different, so that when we talk about the image of God, that can’t be it,” Doss told The Shelby County Reporter in a previous report.

 

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Daniel Distant

 

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