In order to better understand the ethnic makeup of our churches, we need to understand the ethnic makeup of our city. The 2000 census offers a picture that is almost 10 years old but there have been neighborhood surveys done more recently. Together they give us a fairly clear picture.
- Garland is recorded as 7% Asian, 12% African American, 26% Hispanic, and 65% White.
- 10% of families in Garland live below the poverty line.
- The average family income is more than $56,000.
- The average cost of a home is $117,000.
While it's not fair to expect every school, club, or church to reflect these statstics exactly, it is interesting to consider them when I look at my surroundings. Does my children's school reflect this diversity? Does my neighborhood? And what about my church?
What about your church? Does it reflect our city?