Mobilizing and Equipping New Diaspora African Christians in Metro Dallas for Sustainable City Transformation

by Abiodun Olugbenga Coker
June 2nd, 2023

The Metro Dallas area has attracted immigrants in the way that many cities attract individuals seeking better prospects. However, there is a perceived lack of missional involvement in the life of Metro Dallas by immigrants. The purpose of this mixed method research is to inquire into the perceived lack of engagement of new African diaspora Christians in urban life and society, with a view to mobilizing and equipping them for sustainable city transformation. 

The literature review explored the missional involvement of various diasporic communities in city transformation in both biblical and contemporary times. Literature on how a theology of work might promote missional participation in the city was investigated. The research data were gathered through a quasi-structured online survey and focus group sessions. The collected data were examined for evolving themes and analyzed statistically to enhance the findings. 

Research findings revealed a low level of missional involvement, a lack of adequate social awareness, and no strategy for sustainable city transformation. A transformational approach to integrated mission is hereby recommended for the city’s public, private, and social sectors, as deliberate ways new diaspora African Christians might moderate and influence the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental (P.E.S.T.L.E.) domains for God’s kingdom. The study concludes with a call to new African diasporan church leaders to rethink their present posture as part of a strategic move towards sustainable city transformation in Metro Dallas.