Breaking Down The Walls Of Racial Separation In Our Churches – Michael Frost

At face value, Australian churches seem to be fairly racially divided. There seems to be distinct, racially separate churches for a multitude of racial groupings and cultures from Afrikaaners through to Zulu’s. Well not quite, I haven’t spotted a Zulu Baptist Church yet but just about everything else seems to exist. This seems to suggest a range of things, the least flattering being that we don’t mix very well interracially. But is this true?, or is the face value picture not telling the whole story? Michael Frost explores this issue in the Tinsley Papers Summer Edition and asks “If the kingdom of God is multiracial then why aren’t our churches?”

This paper was tabled at the recent Crossover National Baptist Church Planting Consultation. Download or read it here

What are your thoughts? Do you support distinct racial church plants as another expression of contextual church planting or do you think a greater effort should be made towards churches that have a rich cultural diversity, or both?

Michael Frost is the Vice Principal (responsible for Faculty Development) and the Director of the Tinsley Institute, the mission study centre at Morling College. A part time lecturer at Morling from 1994, he joined the faculty full time when he founded the Tinsley Institute in 1999.

Michael teaches various missiology and evangelism subjects, and has written extensively on a missional paradigm for the church in a post-Christian era. His books include Jesus the Fool (1994), The Shaping of Things to Come (2003), Exiles (2006) and most recently ReJesus (2008). Several of his books have been translated into Spanish, German, Swedish and Korean, which has led to an extensive international speaking ministry.

As part of his work with the Tinsley Institute, he has developed a number of internships for Morling students in such fields as international aid, urban mission, cross-cultural mission and evangelistic preaching. He also expanded the vision of the Tinsley Institute in 2008 to include an interest in public theology and church planting.

Prior to joining the Morling faculty, he had pastoral experience in two Baptist churches in Sydney and in 2002 he planted a church in Manly, where he continues to be an active member with his wife Carolyn.