Contribution to Book
Demographic shifts, cultural and ethnic diversity, globalization, and the rapid expansion of the church in the southern hemisphere strongly suggest that the future growth of Adventism may emerge in the developing nations. This article is an attempt to engage in conversation on the changing face of Adventism and the challenge this new Adventism presents across cultural, ethnic, and racially diverse communities. This article provides the church with a window of opportunity to view diversity not as an event but as a process to maximize and explore the richness of its diversity and to see it not as a problem to be solved, but as a blessing to celebrate; not as a cause for rejection of differences, but as a sign of the continuing power and presence of the Spirit at work in drawing men and women from every nation, kindred, tribe, tongue, and people to be part of the redeemed multicultural and diverse community who will sing a new song to the Lamb (Revelation 7:9-10).
Mission: A Man with a Vision: A Festschrift Honoring Russell L. Staples
Department of World Mission, Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI
Douglas, Walter B. T., "Valuing Diversity as an Imperative for Fulfilling the Mission of the Church" (2005). Faculty Publications. 1143.