Congregations seeking to transform are aware of the socioeconomic differences in their congregation and their community. What they may not be aware of is that socioeconomic differences may be the most difficult barrier to overcome for the creation of true community within the congregation. Harder than race and ethnicity.
Social networks–and this would include congregations–have difficulty connecting with people who are more than two steps away from them in a 10-step continuum of socioeconomic levels or dimensions. This does not mean it cannot be done. It just does not come naturally, and congregations must be intentional about connecting.