Turning salad bowls into stew pots
Salad bowl or Stew Pot- which is your congregations more like? When diverse Christ-followers begin to do church together, often they will come together in the same place for worship but remain separated by race, ethnicity, or socio-economic group. Although they have come together, they are in the “salad bowl” phase and have not yet fulfilled the vision of church like heaven. All of the flavors present are distinct and separable.
When your congregation becomes a stew-pot, all the gifts of the diverse cultures present are mingling with each other and emerging as something completely new. This continuum was described as the cross-culture worship model (CCW) by Barron Witherspoon Sr. in his The Fallacy of Affinity. In the CCW, congregations move from Integration- simply being in the same room, to Penetration- gaining insight into the values of each other’s cultures to Reconciliation- “a state of Christian symbiosis characterized by high trust level, candid communication, and shared leadership.”
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