Friendship development is the key to the integration of members in multiethnic churches. Research has shown that in small congregations with an ethnic majority, those belonging to minorities experience high personal costs, thereby increasing the rate of turnover of fringe minorities. Our study focuses on the friendship development between ethnic groups in a mega-church with no ethnic majority. The conclusion is that the same social dynamics that produce homogeneity in non-religious volunteer organizations occur in a local church with no ethnic majority. In other words, people demonstrated a tendency of being with their own kind.
Lucero, A., & Weaver, R. (2011). Building Healthy Relationships in A Multi-ethnic Congregation With No Ethnic Majority: A Case Study of Sunrise Church. Great Commission Research Journal, 2(2), 175-195. Retrieved from https://digitalarchives.apu.edu/gcrj/vol2/iss2/2