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

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

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by Mark DeYmaz
     
 

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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

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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" 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118047538
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/23/2010
Series:
Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series , #22
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,017,444
File size:
387 KB

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“The Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas is influencing a systemic rethinking of things and setting an example that few churches to date have been willing to address.”—From the preface byU.S. Senator Mark L. Pryor

 

“We cannot ignore the topic of multi-ethnic churches as we live in a multi-ethnic world. Mark DeYmaz writes [with] practical insight, not from theory but from leading an extremely strategic multi-ethnic church that is paving the way for so many others.”

—Dan Kimball, senior pastor, Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, California, and author, They Like Jesus But Not the Church

 

“Mark DeYmaz has provided the body of Christ with the answer to one of its most embarrassing dilemmas: Sunday segregation. Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church is a very biblical plan for church leaders committed to building a church that looks like the world in which they minister.”—Miles McPherson, senior pastor, The Rock Church, San Diego, California

“This book unpacks theological and practical principles for local churches interested in truly serving their neighboring communities in an increasingly diverse America.  It paves the way for the future of the local church and the next generations of its leaders.”—D. J. Chuang, director, Asian American Church Research at Leadership Network and executive director at L2 Foundation

“Drawing from his invaluable experience as a multi-ethnic church pastor, Mark DeYmaz writes with keen practical insight and foresight.  For those committed to building multi-ethnic churches for Christ in an increasingly diverse culture, this is a must read.”—Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, professor, Christian Theology and Theology of Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon

  “Here’s the book many of us have been looking for—a book that lays a solid biblical foundation for the multi-ethnic church and includes the building plans!  Whether seeking to plant a multi-ethnic church or transform a homogenous congregation, this book will inspire and show the way.”—Jonathan Seda,senior pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Dover, Delaware

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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Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments and Practices of a Diverse Congregation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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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!