My name is Yemi Adedeji and I have been serving as Director of One People Commission at the Evangelical Alliance UK for the last 8 years. Over the years we have pioneered a body that consist of Heads of churches, Influencers, opinion shapers and young adult leaders with diverse ethnic backgrounds and origin from 5 continents and 28 countries that have now settled in the UK. We have also seen unity movement of cohesive front that has helped shape ethnic diversity, inclusion and integration within the ecumenical spread of the church and believers.
It is against this background that I’m utterly excited to help pioneer ‘One People Network’ within the European Evangelical Alliance and the member nations. The vision is to see diverse evangelical churches and communities across Europe flourish with a vibrant tapestry of people from all Nations, tribes and tongues as one.
We have all heard the stories of division and partisanship in our present society. We hear of it in the news, see it in our neighbourhood, and experience it even in our churches. We know the division that exists in our own hearts — the division between what we want to do and what we actually do. The church in Europe has to ask itself: “Will we follow society and slip into division? Or will we seek out the counter-cultural unity that the family of Christ is called to?”
One People Network will help to facilitate relationship across racial and ethnic divides and amplify the response to a challenge we must tackle, if we are truly committed to racial and cultural unity in the church. We must therefore be determined to make all efforts needed to facilitate the change. Every member nation of EEA with multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-racial context with a passion to integrate, and create space for inclusion and integration will find this network a great resource and support. Starting from January 2021, I will be visiting different member nations to listen, meet and perhaps embark on a journey of building new relationships. A relationship building journey that aims to engage with some of the established ethnic churches within the nations.
Jesus prayed for the believers to be united as one for the world to see and believe and Apostle Paul’s letter to the church to make every effort to keep the bond of unity because of one Spirit, one body, one hope, one Lord, one Baptism, one God and one father of all must drive each one of us to be united as one.
For more information on the network, please visit EEA´s dedicated network page.