Was invited to hang out with Jonathan Puddle on his podcast in June. We had a good chat on the intersection of race in a Canadian context, and the state of the church. Have a listen this weekend.
[Podcast] Our series for pastors and church leaders continues with Rohadi, a church planter, entrepreneur, author and speaker hailing from Calgary. We discussed the importance of creating safe spaces for people to live out the gospel in their unique racial, cultural and neighbourhood contexts. Rohadi argues that the church has not been marginalized by anyone in particular but by its own failure to act. In addition, he says many Canadians have deflected issues of race and culture as being American problems, and that Canada, and the Canadian church, are just as much in need of waking up.
“If most institutions in North America reflect part of this colonial triumphalist identity, how is the church to serve? We can see the result of this historical alignment with empire in a church that is now incapable of connecting culturally beyond itself.”⠀
“There was a time when churches could assume that everyone shared similar religious knowledge and all we had to do was wait for the people to come to us in search of answers for life’s questions. That created a church that essentially rested on its laurels.”⠀
“I would like to see us live out all the uniqueness of the people in our communities, meaning when it comes to innovation or dreaming up new ideas to be church, we don’t just put it all into one package. It doesn’t come just in one form, rather, there should be unique ideas as there are unique people, cities, neighbourhoods.”⠀
“We need to figure out how to release the pews, release our congregations. That starts by saying, ‘What you have, your gifts, your abilities, your ideas, they count.'”⠀
“Most people you encounter have a deep longing to answer spiritual calls, locked away inside. We need to figure out how to talk with them and have conversations about their spirituality. We need to develop some competencies in the church, to figure out how we might connect with people who are searching for the answers, but they can’t find a church that is going to translate their longings into a language they can understand.”⠀