Since biblically it is clear multi-culturalism is God’s eschatological intention, the next step is to show that it is God’s intention for the church in the present. The basis for the claim that it is God’s intention for the church now can be seen in the fact that the New Testament envisions the Church as the eschatological community. As the eschatalogical community, the Church should be living out the eschatalogical reality which Christ has purchased through his own blood for his people. If indeed the local church is a microcosm of the universal church (which is the eschatalogical community) then we can say that the local church should be a multi-cultural community. This last point, that the local church is a microcosm of the universal church is a bit controversial, nonetheless it is a part of my own ecclesiology.
This is a HUGE question… however there are several ways that churches can begin to incorporate multiculturalism. The most important way to do this will be to have a multi-cultural leadership team. It should be the church’s goal to represent the cultural demographics in the location in which the church finds itself. This means that a caucasian church which is in a Hispanic neighborhood should begin to have Hispanic leaders. In having a multi-cultural leadership, the church can avoid the problem of having “token” members of a culture as a part of the congregation. The multi-cultural leaders will best know how to address the needs of their culture as the congregation seeks to become more multi-cultural.