In the first church I was a minister a friend of mine used to say, ‘this church is full of PLUSes! People Like US!’ He was right – almost everyone was born in the UK. Ten years later I was vicar of an urban, multi-cultural church, with concregation from over 35 countries, and a staff team of 6 countries. It was a church full of people ‘not like me’. Often it felt like a glimpse of heaven with many nations worshipping together. But leading a team from different cultural and national backgrounds had plenty of challenges – church life was richer, but team leadership was harder.
Author: Adrian Beavis