The One Thing 322: How Does the Ecosystem Work In A Multi-Ethnic Church?

In this second part of the conversation Ben and Mark dig into how ecosystem thinking works in a multi-ethnic church.

You should listen to the first part of the conversation.

Loving God (especially on a Sunday)

  • Think about who’s up front
  • Think about how they are presented
  • Consider different prayer styles
  • Consider singing in different languages


  • Use story telling
  • When reading the Bible use 5 simple questions:
  • Remember the gospel has different implications for different people

Serving People

  • People from some cultures will need multiple taps on the shoulder


  • Run membership moments not courses
  • Remember food is very important: quality and quantity

Deep in the Word

  • Keep in mind names and illustrations
  • Simplify and watch for too much detail
  • Remember the importance of kids spots


Understanding the Ecosystem in our Framework ebook

Resources Ben and Mark Recommend:

Telling the Gospel Through Story by Christine Dillon

Changing Lanes, Crossing Cultures: Equipping Christians and Churches for Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Society by Andrew Philip Schachtel, Choon-Hwa Lim, Michael Kenneth Wilson

Discipling in a Multicultural World by Ajith Fernando


10 Things I have Learned About Culture by Ray Galea

Multi Cultural Ministry by Caleb Rosado

The Multi-Ethnic Church Hasn’t Lived Up To It’s Promise by Korie Little Edwards

Planting Centenary:

25. 1 Transitioning Roles to Plant…

Cross Cultural Reach Australia Podcast Episodes:

⁠23.1 Reaching Australian Hindus⁠

⁠23.2 Reaching Vietnamese Australians⁠

⁠23.3 Reaching Muslim Australians⁠

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