As I sat in Mosaix’s Third National Multiethnic Church Conference, I found myself dwelling among the most passionate activist-leaders on the planet. These leaders care deeply about racial reconciliation, community development, social justice, urban ministry and multiethnic churches.
I was struck by the vital importance of these leaders being unified around disciple making and church multiplication. By God’s grace and sovereignty, I found myself in a deep, one-on-one conversation with a legend. Dr. John Perkins and I talked for over an hour about the vital importance of disciple making and church planting as a unifying force for leaders.
Honestly, I’m still pondering it all and the significance of Dr. Perkins’ words.
One thing I do know, Dr. Perkins has much to share with multiplication leaders. I’m thrilled he’ll be part of Exponential East 2017. Additionally, Mosaix Co-Founder Mark DeYmaz will be hosting the “Multiethnic: Embracing Disruption” pre-conference at Exponential East.
Becoming a Level 5 multiplying church requires us to think intentionally about what it looks like to be a Kingdom-centric church. It’s difficult to imagine a healthy multiplying church that doesn’t embrace Dr. Perkins’ vision of Heaven: “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).
To that end, I want to point you to the Multiethnic Channel on Exponential’s home page. There, you’ll find a variety of resources for leading healthy multiethnic churches. Also, I encourage you to check out these resources featuring Mosaix Co-Founders Mark DeYmaz and Oneya Okuwobi, Derwin Gray, Daniel Rodriguez, Ray Chang, John Teter, Josh and Noemi Chavez and Ron Dotzler,
Below are summaries and links to this week’s resources focusing on what it takes to instill multi-ethnic values in your church.
In this training video, Mark DeYmaz explores three critical questions to help you address race and justice issues in an increasingly diverse society.
Planter/pastor Derwin Gray discusses seven characteristics of healthy multi-ethnic churches.
Multi-ethnic church planter Ron Dotzler gives practical steps you can take to place greater emphasis on diversity in your church and in your personal relationships.
Mosaix Co-Founder Oneya Okuwobi explains how the Church can integrate diversity that reflects the Kingdom of God. Says Okuwobi: “Ultimately, we must find a way to unify the body of Christ that leads to transformation in our country.”
In this podcast recorded at Exponential West 2016, a panel of cross-culturally competent leaders (Mark DeYmaz, Daniel Rodriguez, Ray Chang, John Teter, and Josh and Noemi Chavez) shares their insights and field questions on today’s multi-ethnic issues.