Marginalized Voices in the Church

Episode 672: Inevitably, Christians in the United States understand the kingdom of God through the filter of being Americans. In this New Churches and Church Leaders crossover podcast episode, co-hosts Ed Stetzer and Michael Crawford talk with Daniel Yang about the value of American Christians listening to what Christian voices outside the United States have to say about the kingdom of God.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Interesting insights into the foundation of American Christianity
  • How voices from the global church have influence here in the U.S.
  • Four “irreducible minimums” most intrinsic to the Church
  • How churches around the world can help American Christianity see itself more clearly
  • Ways local church leaders can get more practical about paying attention to the global Church

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

We were talking through what are the places and the people and the kinds of people that don’t get the same amount of airtime you typically would see in American evangelical circles. We started asking the question, “How does the global Church actually have influence here in the U.S.?” @Daniel Yang

“Inalienable” hearkens to, what are the things that are most intrinsic to the church? What are the things that you just can’t take away, the irreducible minimums? It’s the Kingdom of God, the Word of God, the image of God, the mission of God. @Daniel Yang

There are some things happening in American Christianity that are concerning, but what we wanted to do was not just identify the issues but to begin asking, “How do we create a pathway forward for the next few years?” @Daniel Yang

How do I allow the global church to actually impact me? How do I allow some of my immigrant neighbors to actually impact the way that I live out my faith? How have ancient voices paved the pathway for us? @Daniel Yang

As an American, as an Asian American, I can carry a posture into non-American spaces and almost be prescriptive about how to be a Christian, how to do religion, how to engage in society. And that’s a framework that, unless you step outside of it, you really don’t get to see. @Daniel Yang

The reality is we’ve got to unlearn some things in American evangelicalism. @EdStetzer

One of the big challenges is that you’re probably only as diverse as the people that come in and out of your home. You have to ask, “What are the meaningful meals that I share with people?” Eating with people shapes who you are; it’s a very big part of how the world thinks about community. @Daniel Yang

Published June 8, 2022

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