The Impact of Immigration on North American Churches
Oct 23, 2013 by M. Daniel Carroll R. | 0 Comments
Discussions and debates on immigration often center on the impact of the presence of so many immigrants on the educational, health care, social, and legal systems of this country. These are all important and unavoidable topics. But, another area that has been greatly impacted by the presence of immigrants are Christian churches.
Denominations, from evangelical to mainline, as well as the Roman Catholic Church, have seen an increase in their numbers with the influx of immigrants. All are seeing the planting of new churches and a new vibrancy. For a number of denominations the presence of these immigrant churches is what has allowed their church attendance numbers to remain steady or to grow. Many have begun pastor-training programs and are thinking through how to incorporate these ministerial candidates into their educational institutions.
At the same time, there is a growing network of ethnic ministries with their publishing efforts, seminars and conference speakers, pastoral and youth leader spokespersons, musicians and more. It is a new Christian religious world that is being birthed with all of the good and the bad that this can bring!
For a helpful article, see http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/09/23/hidden-immigration-impact-american-churches