In response to the Blunt Prophet‘s question: “Does Christianity draw a certain type of person? Do churches look for certain type of people?”
I completely identify with the frustration that abounds when I look at my congregation and see people that look more or less like myself.
Whether we like it or not, Christianity is very segregated–if not by races, by economic status, denomination, culture, and location. How many inner-city dwellers go to the burbs for church? How many suburbanites trek into the city every week for worship? I only know one or two people that commute to church. I actually tried it this year and I felt very out of place because I didn’t live nearby and couldn’t be involved in most of their groups and activities. They also did not have anyone in my age group; and for a girl who already has many trans-generational relationships, that lack is severe. Living where I do (the “Bible belt of the Midwest” ) there’s a church on every corner and the neighborhoods basically stick with each other. Sadly, these neighborhoods are usually divided by the characteristics I mentioned above.
So how does one break that “mold”? I suppose by either tacking a hacksaw to your lifestyle and moving to another part of the state/city or simply by making conscious, deliberate decisions and efforts that send people out and bring people in.