The Church & Dr. King’s Dream

We have made some wonderful progress in the area of integration since Dr. Martin Luther King. Schools have integrated. Bathrooms have integrated. The least integrated place in our country is the church. It has been said that the most segregated hour during the week is the hour of worship on Sunday.

This reality disturbs me, and I hope it disturbs you. I know there are many ethnically blended churches across the country. I believe it is because these churches are found in areas that are more ethnically diverse. In rural small town South Carolina, the ethnic divide is still very much alive. I don’t believe segregated churches were a part of Dr. King’s dream.

As a part of a vision within my heart for the church I founded, plans are in the making for what I believe will be the beginning of ethnic unity in our Oconee County churches. I can’t wait to see how this unfolds and share it with my WordPress audience. Please join me in prayer that the dream will become a reality.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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