Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments and Practices of a Diverse Congregation

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Through personal stories, proven experience and a thorough analysis of the biblical text, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church illustrates both the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church as well as the seven core commitments required to bring it about. Mark DeYmaz, pastor of one of the most proven multi-ethnic churches in the country, writes both from his experience and his extensive study of how to plant, grow, and encourage more ethnically diverse churches. He argues that the "homogenous unit principle"...

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Overview

Through personal stories, proven experience and a thorough analysis of the biblical text, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church illustrates both the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church as well as the seven core commitments required to bring it about. Mark DeYmaz, pastor of one of the most proven multi-ethnic churches in the country, writes both from his experience and his extensive study of how to plant, grow, and encourage more ethnically diverse churches. He argues that the "homogenous unit principle" will soon become irrelevant and that the most effective way to spread the Gospel in an increasingly diverse world is through strong and vital multi-ethnic churches.

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The United States-affectionately known as the "melting pot"-is no doubt an increasingly pluralistic society. Despite the diversity of its demographics, attendance at Protestant churches in America remains largely Caucasian and homogenous (as opposed to heterogeneous). DeYmaz, pastor and founder of Mosaix Global Network, paves the way toward rectifying this state of affairs in this informed work. He unfolds a blueprint for achieving multiethnic congregations (which he demonstrates is a biblical mandate recorded in Christ's prayer in John 17 as well as the Pauline mystery in Ephesians). He enumerates seven core commitments of a multiracial church and stresses the importance of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competence. The author shares his personal experiences in building a prototype: the Mosaic Church of Little Rock, AR, whose worshippers hail from more than 30 nations. Not only do multiracial churches foster unity within their own walls, but also, DeYmaz contends, they stimulate racial reconciliation in society at large. Recommended for both public and academic libraries, especially seminary collections.
—C. Brian Smith Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787995515
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series , #22
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 436,376
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark DeYmaz is pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, a multi-ethnic and economically diverse church where men and women from more than thirty nations currently worship God together as one. Formerly he served on Little Rock’s Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission and he is a cofounder of the Mosaix Global Network, an organization dedicated to enlisting and equipping leaders intent on the development of multi-ethnic churches throughout America and beyond.


 

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Table of Contents

About Leadership Network.

Foreword by George Yancey.

Preface by Mark Pryor.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART 1: THE BIBLICAL MANDATE.

1. The Prayer of Christ.

2. The Pattern at Antioch.

3. The Pauline Mystery.

PART 2: THE SEVEN CORE COMMITMENTS OF A MULTI-ETHNIC CHURCH.

4. Embrace Dependence.

5. Take Intentional Steps.

6. Empower Diverse Leadership.

7. Develop Cross-Cultural Relationships.

8. Pursue Cross-Cultural Competence.

9. Promote a Spirit of Inclusion.

10. Mobilize for Impact.

PART 3: ON PLANTING, REVITALIZING, AND TRANSFORMING.

11. For Those Planting a Multi-Ethnic Church.

12. For Those Revitalizing a Declining Church, by Rodney Woo.

13. For Those Transforming a Homogeneous Church, by Kim Greenwood.

Conclusion: All That We Should Be.

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

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    This is a solid resource 'not many out there' on understanding the multi-ethnic church, AND on actually doing multi-ethnic ministry. The only reason for 4 stars is the big question... is it really mandated in the Scriptures? I could argue that it is a VERY GOOD idea to make sure that your church is a 'church for all people', but does God really say, in effect, 'make sure your church is multi-ethnic'? Just not sure, that's all. My wife and I belong to an unbelievable church for all people. We love it!

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