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On this page you'll find connection to people, opportunities, content, and resources that can help you plant healthy multiethnic churches and/or transition homogeneous congregations to living color in order to present a more credible witness of God's love for all people in an increasingly diverse and cynical society. Indeed, it's long past time to walk, work, and worship God together as one in local churches beyond the distinctions of this world that so often and otherwise divide; and long past time to recognize that lament, reconciliation, and justice are not peripheral to the gospel but intrinsic to it. Join us in pursuit of churches that reflect the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven for the sake of the gospel.

 
 
 
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After one of my recent lectures, a Christian college student approached me and asked if black people are uncomfortable with the fact that Jesus is white. I responded, “Jesus is not white. The Jesus of history likely looked more like me, a black woman, than you, a white woman.”

I wasn’t shocked by this student’s assumption that Jesus was of European descent, or the certitude with which she stated it. …

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How Established Churches Can Seek to Be Transcultural
Multiethnic Conversations
Mark DeYmaz and Oneya Fennell Okuwobi
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This powerful resource is a proven catalyst for transforming Christian minds, attitudes, and actions into enthusiastically embracing cultural change. Structured with eight weeks of daily readings and thought-provoking questions, this attractive and accessible workbook is an excellent facilitator for engaging open and authentic group discussion in the local church. As the centerpiece tool of the Mosaix Global Network, this book has already been instrumental in bringing together within churches so many ethnicities that, by the world s standards, seem irreconcilable. It all begins with conversation.

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Intended for Use as …

  1. An eight-week daily devotional for individuals;
  2. An small group study curriculum for the entire church;
  3. The basis of an eight-week sermon series by pastors;
  4. A pre-launch curriculum for multi-ethnic church planters seeking to equip and establish their initial core groups;
  5. Part of a church membership class and/or as a required eight-week small group study for all new members.
  6. A curriculum for leadership development;
  7. An eight-week curriculum for jr. and sr, high school students, collegiates and young adults, etc.
  8. A requirement for undergraduate or graduate courses focused on cross-cultural competence, social justice, church planting, growth or development, church leadership, missions, etc.

Structure

Seven daily readings are provided over eight weeks to stimulate personal and missional formation focused on Theology, History, Considerations, Relationships, Communication, Competence, and Biblical Reflection.

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This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Facts & Trends. It was again published on the Facts & Trends Blog on January 5, 2016. It is reprinted here by permission.

The perimeter of First Baptist Duluth’s worship center is lined with the flags of 35 nations. A visitor might assume the flags represent the countries where First Duluth supports international missions. The church is most certainly reaching the nations, but they are reaching them right in their own backyard. These flags symbolize the nationalities represented at the Atlanta-area church.

My friend Mark Hearn will celebrate his 6th year as First Duluth’s pastor this March. “Change is a constant for Duluth,” says Mark. An understatement if there ever was one. In 2000, Duluth was 70 percent white. Today the town is 41 percent white.

“When we moved to Duluth six years ago, our neighbors were from India, Korea, Zimbabwe, and South Africa—a small snapshot of our surrounding community,” says Mark. “That opened my eyes to the need for our church to become more reflective of our community.”

Since 2010, First Duluth has seen the portion of its new members who are non-Anglo grow from 8 percent to 48 percent. “The church’s goal is to reach all nations,” says Mark. “We want to see people of different language groups all worshiping together in the same body.”

According to census projections, the U.S. population will be “majority-minority” by 2044. By that measure, Duluth is 30 years ahead of the curve. Mark says the changes they’ve made to reach their diverse community haven’t always been easy, but they have been rewarding. He offers some advice for churches as they respond to America’s changing demographics.

1. Study the community. The church conducted a demographic study to find the most unreached and unengaged people groups in their community. They identified Southeast Asians and Hispanics—two fast-growing groups that were not being reached with the gospel.

2. Find persons of peace. Find individuals who represent the culture you are trying to reach. Meet with them on a regular basis, ask questions, and invest in them as you learn about their culture.

3. Form cross-cultural, cross-generational small groups. At First Duluth, these are 8-week Bible studies that meet in members’ homes. Each group has at least three people groups represented and a 30-year span from the youngest to the oldest participant. Mark says starting these groups was a major turning point in the life of the church.

4. Provide interpreters. On Sunday mornings, First Duluth provides live language interpretation in the key language groups of the community—Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. Churchgoers can check out a receiver and headset so they can hear a live interpretation of the sermon in their language. The church also provides the worship guide and sermon notes in Spanish.

5. Celebrate multicultural events. First Duluth has begun to incorporate traditional celebrations such as Indian Independence Day and Mexican Pasada into the church calendar. “We cross all cultures with these events. Korean people come to the Pasada, Hispanic people come to Indian Independence Day,” says Mark. “A lovely mosaic begins to form as these different people groups come together.”

6. Highlight the church’s diversity in worship. While Mark admits worship has been the most difficult transition for their church, they try to incorporate cultural elements into their worship services on an ongoing basis. At Easter, Mark asked individuals representing different people groups in the church to walk on stage and say “Jesus is risen” in their native language.

On another Sunday, the worship pastor invited a group of women to perform a traditional Korean fan dance. The mostly English-speaking choir has even sung special anthems in Spanish.

7. Recruit endlessly. Most ethnic people who come to a predominantly Anglo church still feel like guests even after they’ve become members. They often wait to be asked to join a group or participate in an activity. Seeing different ethnicities in leadership or volunteer roles offers a visual of the church’s diversity and helps guests and members feel more at home.

“Change is never easy,” says Mark, “but we are going to see wonderful things happen as we begin to better reflect the diversity of our community.”

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This article originally appeared in the May/June issue of Outreach Magazine. It is reprinted here by permission.

In the spring of 2006 I received a call from the local NBC affiliate in Little Rock. The station wanted to feature Mosaic in a weekly segment designed to highlight institutions of faith making a difference in the lives of Arkansans.
 When I inquired further as to the producer’s interest in Mosaic, she summed it up by saying, “I want others to know that your church is not just diverse on the outside, but diverse on the inside as well.” In other words, what had caught her attention was the diversity of our leadership, not simply the diversity of our congregation. More than anything else, the diversity of our leadership established the credibility of our work in her eyes.

Empowering Diverse Leaders

Evangelist Luis Palau once said, “The choices we make determine the shape and color of our lives.” Likewise, the choices we make in terms of leadership determine the shape and color of our churches. To build a healthy multiethnic church, then, you must empower diverse leaders. Indeed, this is a “put your money where your mouth is” principle that cannot be ignored.

As the producer recognized, credibility begins and ends in what is modeled from the top. If diverse leaders cannot walk, work and worship God together as one, there is little hope that a diverse congregation will be able to do so either.

Along this line, Chris Williamson, senior pastor of Strong Tower Bible Church in Franklin, TN, once shared with me: “When trying to identify an authentic multiethnic church, I look at the composition of its leaders. If the leadership team (especially the paid staff) is not ethnically diverse, the stated desire of that church to be multiethnic can be called into question. In this regard, the old cliché is true: ‘Actions speak louder than words.’”

Intentionality vs. Wishful Thinking

When it comes to empowering diverse leaders, however, it’s important to recognize that intentionality is the middle ground between quota and wishful thinking. In other words you should not force the issue by predetermining just who or how many diverse leaders you will involve at any given time. On the other hand, you cannot sit in your office all day and pray that well-qualified candidates of diverse ethnic origin will somehow appear at you door. Seek diverse leaders, and you will find them when doing so becomes for you a priority.

In addition, avoid hiring diversity for diversity’s sake. Be intentional, yes, but be discerning too, allowing the Spirit
 of God to confirm in your heart those He would have serve alongside you in ministry. And remember: leaders must all walk in integrity, share theological convictions and embrace the vision, no matter what the color of their skin.

Oneness in Leadership

Finally, be careful not to presume you have empowered diverse leaders simply because diverse individuals are involved. There are perceptions that must also be considered and overcome in time.

With this in mind, an African-American pastor once told me, “Mark, if you hire or otherwise empower minorities only to lead your church in worship, you may inadvertently suggest to people, ‘We will embrace them as entertainers’ … or to work with your children as if to say, ‘We accept them to nanny our kids’ … or as janitors, as if to say, ‘We expect them to clean up after us.’ It is only when you allow us to share your pulpit, to serve with you on the elder board, or alongside you in apportioning the money that we will be truly one with you in the church.”

I have never forgotten his words.

This article first appeared in Outreach Magazine (Sept/Oct, 2012). Used by permission. 

By Pastor Chris Beard, Peoples Church, Cincinnati, OH More

As I studied the Word of God through this lens, Scriptures I’d never noticed before began to fly off the page at me. I earnestly pondered the connection between Revelation 7:9 and Matthew 6:10 — a worshipping Church of every tribe, tongue, nation and people before the Lamb in the age to come, and the Lord’s prayer, “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” One of my new friends of color pointed me to John 17:20–23 and raised the question, “Are our churches missing a fundamental apologetic for the gospel?” If Jesus’ prayer for His future church in that passage asked the Father for our unity so the world would believe in Him, were we actually, through our default segregation, holding back the answer to Jesus’ prayer for our cities and our nation?

This article first appeared in the February/March 2016 issue of Influence magazine. Read full article here.

God is not very interested in the church healing the race problem; it is more true God is using race to heal the church.

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The percentage of multi-ethnic congregations (using the twenty percent or more minority criteria) has nearly doubled in the past decade to 13.7 percent. Subsequently, the growing trend has increased demand for competent coaching to encourage, equip and establish multi-ethnic church planters, pastors, and ministry leaders who are otherwise seeking to revitalize churches in decline or transition healthy but otherwise homogeneous churches around the multi-ethnic vision. 

For more than ten years, Mosaix has been effectively advancing the movement by helping individuals like you to work smart not hard in planting, growing, or developing multi-ethnic churches. Our track record is unmatched, and expertise unparalleled.

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God is calling your church to the dance of unity in diversity. Don’t hold back! Grab this book, get out on the dance floor, and let Multicultural Ministry show you the steps. Includes a Racial Reconciliation survey and six-session Racial Reconciliation curriculum.

Check out David’s follow-up work, Multicultural Ministry Handbook and/or download the Gracism App.

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