Oklahoma Governor Signs Proclamation Honoring “Church Diversity Week”

Nearly 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must face the sad fact that at the 11 o’clock hour on Sunday Morning, when we stand to sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America.” Unfortunately, Dr. King’s quote still rings true today.

One of the many efforts to elevate the conversation of the lack of ethnic diversity in the church and to promote a more unified Body Of Christ is “Church Diversity Week.”  Again, as we seek to continue this conversation and begin to truly see the sign on the doors of our churches read, “Everyone Welcome,” we wanted to provide a platform for churches to become a part of the movement.  Church Diversity Week is a globally recognized week to encourage and promote unity within the local church.

This week happens to fall on the calendar beginning the Friday prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) and lasts the entire week. There are many different ways to celebrate Church Diversity Week; however, at its core it’s about encouraging and promoting unity and diversity in the church.  You can go to ChurchDiversity.com and check out some of the ides or you can grab a copy of my book, “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Say Of The Week” which outlines various strategies including Church Diversity Week.

Without any promotion and simply word of mouth, we have well over 100 churches representing half of the U.S. States, in addition to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Peru, Australia and the Czech Republic who have identified themselves as participants.  You can add your church here:

I am happy to announce that last week the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin signed a proclamation which officially recognizes January 13 – January 20 as “Church Diversity Week” in the State Of Oklahoma. I’m proud of our State leadership and I’m looking forward to continued momentum around the country.  At it’s core Church Diversity is about reaching more people for Christ.

It’s important that our churches have a genuine heart to do as Jesus calls us to in the Great Commission and that’s to make disciples of “all nations.”  It’s also important in the U.S. to be aware of the fact that minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years. A great reminder of Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The “tipping point” is imminent when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.  “Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century. For America’s children, the future is now,” said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire who researched many of the racial trends.  These trends are representative of our zip codes, our communities, our city, our nation, the world and the church.

There are already plans in the works for next year to possibly implement an entire Church Diversity Month, with a month long small group/Bible study curriculum for the entire church. Some of these materials are available this year, with more to come (click here).  Check out ChurchDiversity.com for more info. or follow @ChurchDiversity on Twitter.

Again, I want to thank Governor Fallin for her leadership and signing the “Church Diversity Week” proclamation.  If you or your church is not involved, jump in and be a part of changing the future of the church.

Is your church participating in Church Diversity Week?  Share any thoughts or ideas that you may have.

  • That is huge, great break thru for your city.
    M_

    • Scott Williams

      city & state… really proud to know our State leaders.

  • Stephy Wilkins

    Scott, that is GREAT NEWS!! Congrats on all of your hard work and determination! Proud of you!!!

    • Scott Williams

      Thank you, miss you… LaKendria told me how beautiful Hadley is in person. I will be by soon! 🙂

  • Great news Scott! Our small church will be participating would love to see what ideas others are going to be using. But it’s something we try to be intentional about year round. As a matter of fact Marc will celebrate three yrs at WABC next Sunday and the speaker is his college professor who is of a different race. This is something that is very important to us. He wants our congregation to know that this is not just lip service for us.

    • Scott Williams

      Amen & Amen… thx as always!

  • That’s great news! Did not know there was a week called, “Church Diversity Week.” We, at Britton Christian Church, will definitely participate. The blessing of pastoring a a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-socio-economic, multi-cutural body of believers is one of the greatest joys of my life.

    • Scott Williams

      That is awesome, thx for the comment & for the hardwork & commitment to see every nation, tribe & tongue worshiping together.

  • Awesome!

    • Scott Williams

      Thx bro. always appreciate your encouragement

  • Awesome!

    • Scott Williams

      Thx becky… I stopped by your blog. Good stuff, keep up the good work.

  • DOPE!

    • Scott Williams

      Thank you sir… looking fwd to hanging again.

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