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The Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World



The Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World

Efrem Smith

ISBN: 978-1-118-23606-2 June 2012 Jossey-Bass 240 Pages


A blueprint for missional, multi-ethnic Christian community

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 multi-ethnic Christian communities. Using the example of Jesus, Smith develops a theology of multi-ethnic and missional leadership. Embracing urban and ethnic subcultures such as hip-hop, this book provides a rich mix of multi-ethnic church development, reconciliation theology, missional church thinking, and Christian community.

  • Provides a common-sense approach to creating a multi-ethnic Christian community
  • Includes practical ministry models and real stories of people who are members of thriving multi-ethnic congregations
  • Author is acclaimed African-American thought leader who planted and led a multi-ethnic churches of close to 1,000 and now leads a regional division of a denominational committed to ethnic, multi-ethnic, and missional churches

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

About the Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series vii

Foreword by Curtiss Paul DeYoung ix

Introduction: Enter the Sanctuary xiii

1 Reconciling, Multi-Ethnic, and Missional 1

2 Moving the Church Beyond Crisis, Captivity, and Comfort 15

3 Compassion, Mercy, and Justice 41

4 Race 65

5 The Gift of the Black Church 93

6 Creating a Post-White Church 117

7 Leadership 145

8 The Beloved Life and Leadership Project 161

9 Starting, Shifting, and Sustaining 185

Notes 201

About the Author 207

Index 209