Committed To Racial Diversity in 2024

Dr. Dennis W. Miller, Senior Pastor, Ginghamsburg Church

What makes Ginghamsburg Church so special and unique as we enter 2024? Why raise your kids here? One reason is we are committed to racial diversity within our congregation.
As senior pastor, this is my growing edge. Where I lack understanding, God is stretching me, growing me and extending grace. I am not interested in excuses, guilt trips or commiserating with others. I am working closely with our lead staff team and we are focused on intentionally living into Biblical community. This vision of a racially diverse congregation, where people from every nation, tribe and tongue are included, is not merely a conceptual ideal. It is a divine mandate embedded in the core of our faith.
Galatians 3:28 succinctly captures this truth, stating, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The book of Revelation paints a vivid picture of a celestial assembly where individuals from every tribe, tongue, and nation stand united in worship before the throne of God. This vision, found in Revelation 7:9, serves as our guiding light, compelling us to reflect the heavenly diversity here on earth.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” – Revelation 7:9
In embracing diversity, we mirror the divine design for humanity—a mosaic of cultures and colors reflecting the multifaceted beauty of God’s creation.
As senior pastor, I am privileged to work side by side with our worship pastor, Chris Wingfield, who understands this commitment extends to the musical landscape, where hymns, gospel, contemporary Christian, and various global genres converge.
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This musical diversity is not a mere accompaniment but a deliberate expression of our belief at Ginghamsburg that worship transcends cultural boundaries. This commitment also extends beyond the walls of our congregation, as we actively engage with the broader community to foster understanding, bridge divides, and promote justice in the Miami Valley.
As we enter the New Year, I am personally praying the Lord’s prayer, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Let’s make sure to align ourselves with God’s ultimate plan for unity in racial diversity, bringing a glimpse of heaven to earth.
In what ways are you and your family committed to building a bridge and living together in a Jesus-centered community? Share in the comments below.