SPIRIT-ENABLED: Discipleship in a Multicultural Congregation Open Access

Ndjungu, Chris Nkemba (Spring 2022)

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This work is a reflection on congregational multiculturalism by the pastor of The Way STL, a congregation in the St. Louis, MO metro area. The paper conceptualizes and argues for the importance of a contextual hybrid congregational spirituality that can foster an environment conducive to spiritual maturity/discipleship in a multicultural congregation. More specifically, this essay aims to make the case for the primacy of discipleship above all else where any Christian congregation is concerned. Indeed, the assertion is that multiculturalism cannot be the reason people are church together. Rather, a congregation must always be the gathering of disciples who exist in Christ and are led by the Holy Spirit even when they hail from different cultures. The essay explores both individual and congregational discipleship before offering recommendations for multicultural congregations based on the aforementioned case study of The Way STL. These recommendations include bringing together the various elements of worship from the cultures represented in a given congregation in order to birth a hybrid spirituality that is unique to that particular congregation.

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