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I was asked to help a few predominantly Caucasian congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to plan and execute a multicultural outreach strategy for them as their neighborhoods were rapidly changing racially.
Being from South Africa, where we had a long history of Apartheid, I was believed to be qualified to advise! “After all,” they said, “you guys went from a harsh racist nation to being a ‘rainbow nation’!” (Archbishop Tutu’s description of the new South Africa.)
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Terrance Jacob is a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor who grew up Pentecostal, was ordained as a Reformed pastor (1992), and worked ecumenically for over 20 years. He is South African-born with Indian heritage and moved to the United States in 2007. Terrance has served two congregations in Minneapolis, Minn., does diversity work within the ELCA Minneapolis Area Synod, and blogs at Being Prophetic.
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