On Earth as It Is in Heaven: An Image for Church Diversity in Diverse Communities

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The community surrounding your church has changed. A homogeneous congregation is now in a heterogeneous community. What should the church do? Should the church transition to become a congregation reflecting the diversity of the community surrounding that church or should the church endeavor to remain homogeneous? Contained in this book is the very heart of how to transition one's church into a multiracial congregation. Over four decades after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "11 AM is the most segregated hour in ...
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The community surrounding your church has changed. A homogeneous congregation is now in a heterogeneous community. What should the church do? Should the church transition to become a congregation reflecting the diversity of the community surrounding that church or should the church endeavor to remain homogeneous? Contained in this book is the very heart of how to transition one's church into a multiracial congregation. Over four decades after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "11 AM is the most segregated hour in America," many churches are still refusing to embrace the diversity of the community in which they now find themselves. The time is near when all the people of God will gather around the throne to worship the Lamb. The aim of this book is to promote the multiracial congregation to worship together in unity on earth projecting the heavenly image of all nations worshipping together.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781615072392
  • Publisher: Lifeway Christian Resources
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    We are so proud to have Patrick LeBlanc as a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, and his much needed and well-written book calls for local churches to put an end to enduring racial segregation and become more like what the Church already is in Jesus Christ and His kingdom both now and yet to come in all its manifest fullness - one multicultural, multiracial family gathered around one throne, singing the praises together of one God and Savior.

    Dr. Gary Cook, President, Dallas Baptist University

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2010

    Much Needed and Well-written

    We are so proud to have Patrick LeBlanc as a graduate of Dallas Baptist
    University, and his much needed and well-written book calls for local
    churches to put an end to enduring racial segregation and become more
    like what the Church already is in Jesus Christ and His kingdom both
    present and yet to come in all its manifest fullness - one
    multicultural, multiracial family gathered around one throne, singing
    the praises together of one God and Savior.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    An Excellent Vision Of How Our Churches Should Be!!!

    I believe in Patrick's "vision" that he documents in this book; that our church congregations should ethnically reflect the neighborhoods that they are located in. As a member of the church that he is associated with in the book (a primarily white congregation in what is transitioning from a white neighborhood to a more ethnically diverse neighorhood), I can testify to the passion and fervor that Patrick has for this vision. The use of scriptures and statistics in this book prove that he has done the necessary research to back up this vision. And he details how this vision can come to fruition by doing the things that we personally, and our church congregations as a whole, should be doing already. My only disagreement (and I hate that word because I don't actually disagree but I can't think of a better word) with the book is (1) that church diversity should be not only along ethnic lines, but along financial and cultural lines as well (his documented statistics point to that). And (2) that his chronicling of his association with my church tends to give the reader that the church resisted blatantly and completely. There was and is resistance (and will be until God's work is done), but the vision of diversity is alive and well in the church. It is growing day by day through evangelism as it should. It just didn't happen instantly, which disheartened Patrick, and it was, and still is, met with resistance. It takes time to change the hearts of everyone. But as I stated earlier, I believe in this vision. And I believe that every Christian should read this book. It is so easy to be complacent in our communities and not even realize that the neighborhood has changed so dramatically. It is a wake up call to the Great Commission. To start in our neighborhood first, winning those in it to Christ's kingdom. Good job Patrick!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    Great Book

    I enjoyed this phenomenal easy to read book, and it is quite an eye opener on church diversity in a diverse community. The author demonstrates his passion and perspective on the subject matter. He writes about his experiences, quote scriptures, footnotes, charts to back up his thesis, and how to transition one's church to reflect the changing surrounding community. The author heart felt tone shows fluidity, clarity, and coherence with the chapters. I recommend this book for anyone, who church community needs to transition.

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