Insight 122: FaithSoaring Churches Redefine “Our Kind of People”
Congregations needing to transform have too narrowly defined “our kind of people”. They have defined them around one of more of the following characteristics: race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, education, residential location, theological position, denominational affiliation, past to present relationship with the congregation, and other characteristics. Such definitions of “our kind of people” often lead to a declining congregation if it is in a diverse context.
Congregations needing to transform must define “our kind of people” as those to whom God is sending them that either they already have or can develop the capacity to have a genuine Christ-centered connection.