Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sharing church buildings as cooperative ministry?
As a recent guest blog post by Hendrik Pieterse and associated comment by Robert Hunt suggest, one of the ways in which The United Methodist Church can be a global denomination is by engaging in ministry to the global diversity of people present in the United States. This recent article from Grand Island, NE, represents a common model for collaboration between Anglo and immigrant churches: sharing a church building, as First UMC and Ministerio de Fe have begun to do. Yet does sharing a building really count as engaging in shared ministry? Is co-location a path to greater cooperation? Or does it preserve unnecessary barriers in what should be a multicultural church? Post your thoughts in the comment box below.