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

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9551-5
240 pages
October 2007, Jossey-Bass
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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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Table of Contents

About Leadership Network.

Foreword by George Yancey.

Preface by Mark Pryor.




1. The Prayer of Christ.

2. The Pattern at Antioch.

3. The Pauline Mystery.


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.


11. For Those Planting a Multi-Ethnic Church.

12. For Those Revitalizing a Declining Church, by Rodney Woo.

13. For Those Transforming a Homogeneous Church, by Kim Greenwood.

Conclusion: All That We Should Be.


About the Author.


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Author Information

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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“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


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