Ethnic Ministry Gathering
February 8, 2020
8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
NID Building Basement
2301 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL
Greetings in the strong name of Jesus!
We are gathering pastors, commissioned church workers, and lay leaders to continue our discussion of the challenges and opportunities of ethnic and intercultural ministry. We will build on our previous discussion back in November of last year. But we will also are eager for new voices and perspectives. This gathering will be a good opportunity to share stories, ideas, prayers, and support as we partner together in advancing His Kingdom.
I will facilitate this discussion with the assistance of Rev. Valdas Ausra and Rev. Jeffrey Howell. These are indeed exciting times as God brings people from all nations, tribes, tongues, and people to Northern Illinois. We have the privilege and joy of participating in Christ’s commission to make disciples of all nations. We have a lot to learn from each other and to gain from our prayerful partnership in the Gospel.
You are also asked to invite those you know who serve or assist in ethnic ministry in our district.
You may register below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are grateful for our work together in advancing His Kingdom.
What is Ethnic Ministry in the LCMS Northern Illinois District?
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands…”
—Revelation 7:9 (ESV)
Ethnic ministry means the privilege of our participating in what Jesus is already doing to usher in his Kingdom. Christ’s commission is to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). The word nation here is where we get the word ethnic. In Revelation (5:9; 7:9) we see an intercultural assembly of believers which includes all the diversity of humankind for whom Christ died and rose again. This worldwide movement was first promised to Abraham whose descendants (as the people of God) would bless all the families of the earth (Gen 12:3). This multiethnic Gospel movement should be worked toward, nurtured, and celebrated in the communities we serve because of Christ’s command and vision. Certainly, to participate in Gospel ministry is ethnic ministry because we are all part of that diverse multitude whom the Holy Spirit gathers. But many of us find ourselves in rapidly changing communities and know that we need to grow in our ability to communicate the unchanging Gospel inter-culturally and in various languages. We need each other’s prayerful encouragement, support, creativity, risk and wisdom. Ethnic ministry is about intentionally working toward the realization of God’s desire that “all people be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4).