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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
About Leadership Network.
Foreword by George Yancey.
Preface by Mark Pryor.
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-ETHNICCHURCH.
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 RodneyWoo.
13. For Those Transforming a Homogeneous Church, by KimGreenwood.
Conclusion: All That We Should Be.
About the Author.
What People are Saying About This
“The Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas is influencing asystemic rethinking of things and setting an example that fewchurches to date have been willing to address.”From thepreface byU.S. Senator Mark L. Pryor
“We cannot ignore the topic of multi-ethnic churches as welive in a multi-ethnic world. Mark DeYmaz writes [with] practicalinsight, not from theory but from leading an extremely strategicmulti-ethnic church that is paving the way for so manyothers.”
Dan Kimball, senior pastor, Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz,California, and author, They Like Jesus But Not theChurch
“Mark DeYmaz has provided the body of Christ with theanswer to one of its most embarrassing dilemmas: Sundaysegregation. Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church is avery biblical plan for church leaders committed to building achurch that looks like the world in which theyminister.”Miles McPherson, senior pastor, The RockChurch, San Diego, California
“This book unpacks theological and practical principlesfor local churches interested in truly serving their neighboringcommunities in an increasingly diverse America. It paves theway for the future of the local church and the next generations ofits leaders.”D. J. Chuang, director, Asian AmericanChurch Research at Leadership Network and executive director atL2 Foundation
“Drawing from his invaluable experience as a multi-ethnicchurch pastor, Mark DeYmaz writes with keen practical insight andforesight. For those committed to building multi-ethnicchurches for Christ in an increasingly diverse culture, this is amust read.”Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, professor, ChristianTheology and Theology of Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary,Portland, Oregon
“Here’s the book many of us have been lookingfor—a book that lays a solid biblical foundation for themulti-ethnic church and includes the building plans! Whetherseeking to plant a multi-ethnic church or transform a homogenouscongregation, this book will inspire and show theway.”Jonathan Seda,senior pastor, Grace PresbyterianChurch, Dover, Delaware
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!