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February 12, 2020

Creating Multicultural Churches

By New Churches Team

Lee Stephenson and Ramon Garcia from Harvest Community Church Orlando; Paco Cojon from Elmbrook Church in Milwaukee, WI; Danny Flores from RChurch in Elgin, IL; and Walter Angelica from Iglesia Ciudad in Jacksonville, FL, all serve the Spanish and English speaking communities in their cities.

All of these churches have a slightly different methodology for their church, but they are all working to meet the multicultural communities they are in. There are many ways to start offering both Spanish and English speaking services in your churches.

For Lee and Ramon there was a realization about six months in to the English speaking church plant that they had a need for Spanish speaking services. They choose to run their services at the same time.

For Paco, the Spanish speaking congregation meets at their own campus location at the same time as the English speaking services.

Danny Flores started both the English speaking and Spanish speaking services at the same time when opening the church plant. Danny says this has caused their growth to be slower than other churches might have expected, but they are choosing to equally share resources, time, and talents with the two services so that they have equal standing in the church. Their English service meets first, followed by their Spanish service.

Walter Angelica’s church began first as a Spanish speaking church and then they saw a need to add English speaking services. They are striving to be both multicultural and multigenerational.

All of the churches offer both Spanish and English small groups and they allow their members to pick the small group that works best for them. They also all speak on the same message and Scripture passages, but have the freedom to craft individual sermons.

Challenges and Misconceptions

Danny shares the importance of making sure that one service does not start to feel like the stepchild. It can be easy for one to feel left out if there is not an intentional plan that creates unity. Paco explains that this is something they have found challenging as well but are taking intentional steps like doing a service together at Thanksgiving. Lee and Ramon shared their plan of meeting as a united congregation no less than four times a year and also planning social events like picnics to bring them all together.

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