Is this guy too white to pastor a multicultural church?
“Am I too white to be your pastor?”
That’s the question posed in a recent promotional campaign for River Pointe Church in suburban Houston. The church published full-page color ads featuring a picture of their pastor, Patrick Kelley, holding a sign bearing the borderline-bombastic message in the Houston Chronicle, encouraging people to attend their special Sunday worship service marking Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend.
It was, of course, King who delivered the damning verdict that “Eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of America.” The apparent persistence of the racial segregation of American church services has been a source of great shame for many evangelicals.
River Pointe Church seems to be changing that narrative. Its congregation is roughly one-third minority and offers a great deal of multicultural programming. In fact, its MLK weekend celebration featured a 70-voice gospel choir. River Pointe is located in Fort Bend County, which has been ranked the most diverse county in America. In 2010, the county’s residents were 19 percent Asian, 24 percent Hispanic, 21 percent black and 36 percent white. Numbers like this are how Houston has surpassed New York and Los Angeles as the most diverse metropolitan area in the country.
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