“Multi-faith” is collaborative engagement across various faith traditions, not sacrificing our theological nor ideological identity. We acknowledge that – even in the midst of our significant differences – we share a common humanity, and the best of our faiths teaches us to value every person and to work together for the good of our communities.

Why Be Involved?

It’s a lot of work; you already are overloaded, and don’t have the time. Why should you add another project to your plate and get involved in multi-faith work? Simple – it’s worth it. Multi-faith work can transform you, your congregation, our cities, and our world.

  • Every Religion is A Minority Somewhere

    How Christians treat minority faiths in the U.S. significantly impacts how Christians are treated worldwide. As the U.S. becomes more secular, different religions need to work together for religious freedom.

  • Peaceable Living

    In Romans 12, we find a priority for the Christian that guides their existence among those with whom they may disagree. Paul says, If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

  • Displaying Jesus

    At the pinnacle of the Christian faith stands Jesus Christ. He is not only the savior but the model for all of his followers.

  • Better Understanding of the World

    Gain a better understanding of the beliefs and cultures around the world by experiencing the traditions of others. This gives a better understanding of different viewpoints and may influence t how to communicate with others.

  • Working for the Common Good

    This is an often overlooked, and yet vital component of our collective Christian responsibility, and has been throughout Christian history.

  • Opportunity to Share your Faith

    As evangelicals who believe in the importance of sharing our faith, multi-faith partnership provides a level playing ground where we can hear from and learn about the faith of others, but it also provides a unique opportunity to share our own faith.

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Biblical Support

Now, what does the Bible say on why Pastors, churches, and Christ-followers should be involved in multi-faith work? Here are a few scriptures that support this work.

  • From the beginning, all people are created in the image of God and are sacred creation. (Genesis 1)
  • Blessed are peacemakers. Called to be salt and light. Love your enemies. Seek first the Kingdom. (Matthew 5-7)
  • The parable of the “Good Samaritan” teaches Christians that we are called to love others, without regard to theological or ideological differences. (Luke 10)
  • The bible is explicit, when it comes to love. If we do not love our neighbor, we do not love God. (Mark 12:29-31) If we do not love each other, there is no evidence that we are in relationship with God. (John 13:35) We are commanded to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) If we do not have love, we have nothing. (1 Cor. 13:1)
  • Jesus declared that he came preaching the good news of the kingdom of God. (Luke 4:43) This declaration reveals that the kingdom of God is formative in the way we consider and apply Christian behavior. Put simply, the kingdom of God is the rule and reign of Christ over all things.
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  • By Bob Roberts Jr, Micah Fries & Steve Bezner

A Christian Theology of Multi-Faith Partnership

Multi-faith is a challenge for many evangelicals. Evangelical Christians are not historically known to involve themselves in multi-faith, primarily out of a fear of sacrificing their evangelical distinctives and the exclusive truth claims of the gospel and as a result, evangelicals have unfortunately often created a subculture that isolates them from substantive relationships with people of other faiths. This is disconcerting as we believe both in multi-faith and the exclusive truth claims of Jesus as demonstrated in the Bible. We firmly believe that, not only are these concepts not in tension with one another, but they are in harmony with each other.

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