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Books to Help Your Church Behave More Like Heaven

January 14, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a pastor. In the recent events that happened in Ferguson, Mo., among the places people gathered to hold community-wide meetings were churches. As God’s people sort through the ongoing challenges of learning to live and lead in a diverse society; three Leadership Network authors provide relevant perspectives:

post-black-and-white-churchThe Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World by Efrem Smith

Efrem Smith, an internationally recognized and innovative African-American leader, offers a workable plan for connecting theology, practical ministry models, and real stories of people in multiethnic Christian communities. Using the example of Jesus, Smith develops a theology of multiethnic and missional leadership. Embracing urban and ethnic subcultures such as hip-hop, this book provides a rich mix of multiethnic church development, reconciliation theology, missional church thinking, and Christian community. It provides both a common-sense approach to creating a multiethnic Christian community and practical ministry models of people who are members of thriving multiethnic congregations. The author is an acclaimed African-American thought leader who planted and led a multiethnic church of close to 1,000, and now leads a regional division of a denomination committed to ethnic, multiethnic, and missional churches.

This book is written for anyone wrestling with what it means to be a Christian in an increasingly multiethnic world polarized by class, politics, and race.

Available now in print and e-book formats.

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Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments and Practices of a Diverse Congregation by Mark DeYmaz

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 multiethnic church as well as the seven core commitments required to bring it about. Mark DeYmaz, pastor of one of the most proven multiethnic 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 multiethnic churches.

Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church: Seven Common Challenges and How to Overcome Them by Mark DeYmaz and Harry Li

Increasingly, church leaders are recognizing the power and beauty of the multiethnic church. Yet, more than a good idea, it’s a biblical, first-century standard with far-reaching evangelistic potential. It asks: How can your church overcome the obstacles to become a healthy, multiethnic community of faith? And why should you even try?

In Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church, Dr, Mark DeYmaz provides an up-close-and-personal look at seven common challenges to creating diversity in your church. Through real-life stories and practical illustrations, DeYmaz shows how to overcome the obstacles in order to lead a healthy multiethnic church. He also includes insights of other effective multiethnic church pioneers from the United States and Australia, as well as study questions at the end of each chapter.

Both titles available now in print and e-book formats.

HDLeaderThe High-Definition Leader: Building Multi-Ethnic Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World by Derwin Gray

The United States is known as the Great Melting Pot, yet a survey of our churches on Sunday morning would reveal a noticeably different portrait of our ethnic make-up. Every facet of American culture is multiethnic. Yet the church is not. The church is segregated. Drawing from Scripture, Derwin shows how the modern church is suffering from being homogenous and how we are not fulfilling our calling as effectively as we should be.

The High-Definition Leader is an invitation of grace for churches and their leaders to grasp the ancient call of the early New Testament Church that crossed ethnic and socioeconomic barriers to create heavenly colonies of love, reconciliation and unity on earth. In it, you will learn the theology and practices that will help you build a mission-shaped, multiethnic church.

In Stores: September 2015

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