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Leaders & Readers: Mark DeYmaz

November 11, 2010

Mark DeYmaz speaks compellingly on Leaders & Readers of the Bible’s call to develop a church that reaches all people in the here and now. This live-blog includes highlights and sound bites from his live talk:

  • We live in a multi ethnic world. recognize the changing landscape
  • Almost half of people born are minority in US.
  • People will not find the message credible when proclaimed in segregated pulpits and pews
  • The rise of multi-ethnic churches could become the new Reformation in this century.
  • It’s not about social or political correctness, but for the sake of the gospel. It’s theological and spiritual correctness.
  • The first mega, missional and multi ethnic was at Antioch, prescribed by Paul in Ephesians.
  • Not focused on race reconciliation but on reconciling all people to God
  • Trust is not so easily assumed in a church with people who are different. Relationships take time to develop that trust. It’s a matter of the heart. 
  • So important to begin with the Bible and the theology, and you’ll find the mandate.

Linda Stanley at Leadership Network added during this segment that she’s been tracking this trend for about 10 years. Mark added how this movement is at a pioneering stage, and the Protestant church is making notable progress.

During the green room session that follows, the group of authors (Sam Chand, Ed Stetzer, Dave Ferguson, Reggie McNeal) discuss submitted questions.

… [Mark] the question to ask is: why has the church not taught and preached about multiethnic diversity in the church? it’s difficult and challenging … even in a multiethnic church, there’s race fatigue.. it’s such a deep and difficult issue.. it involves background, emotions.. [Sam] “how many churches are truly multiethnic?” [Mark] easily hundreds.. we don’t know all of them.. [Sam] “what are the differentiating factors?” [Mark] one of them is the application homogeneous unit principle.. there are unintended consequences that affect society due to churches being homogeneous..

About the Author

Mark DeYmaz is the founding pastor and directional leader of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, a multi-ethnic and economically diverse church. A recognized leader in the emerging Multi-ethnic Church Movement, Mark is a co-founder of the Mosaix Global Network, an organization dedicated to inspiring unity and diversity in the local church throughout North America and beyond. He has authored two books that unpack the principles and practices of a multi-ethnic church, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments and Practices of a Diverse Congregation and Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local Church, both in the Jossey Bass/Leadership Network Innovation Series.

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