As urbanization grows in the U.S., there are new challenges that are arising for churches and church plants. Among them is that of reaching out to and serving communities coming from different socio economics.
In rural and suburban areas, many of these communities are spaced out with much distance in between them. However, in urban metropolitan areas, cities tend grow vertically and less horizontally.
Thus, communities push up against each other very closely to be separated usually by the belt of our friend, GENTRIFICATION. Defined, gentrification is the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper or middle income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low income families and small businesses.
So as churches and church plants, how do we serve, engage, and reach people from these neighboring communities without repelling or sacrificing a segment of the people for another segment?
Initial research has done among 40 different churches in the US that find themselves couched between urban, ethnically, and socio economically diverse communities. The intent of this article is to share what some are doing to try to engage these communities. Christianity Today