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About the Author

Gary L. McIntosh is professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and president of Church Growth Network. He has served more than twelve hundred churches in more than eighty denominations. He has written or coauthored more than twenty books, including Here Today, There Tomorrow: Unleashing Your Church's Potential.

Alan McMahan is associate professor of intercultural studies at Biola University. A former missionary in Indonesia, Alan has worked with churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim, and has taught missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development, and evangelism. He has also served as vice president of Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York; and academic dean at The King's College in Manhattan, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898274907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898274905
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary L. McIntosh is professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and president of the Church Growth Network. He has consulted with church leaders in more than five hundred churches from fifty-five denominations. He is editor of the Church Growth Network newsletter and the Journal of American Church Growth. He has written or co-authored more than fifteen books and manuals.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book challenged many popular ideas regarding multicultural ministry, such as the assertion that every church, everywhere, should be multi-ethnic (and is living in a disobedient state if it is not...), that the multi-ethnic church is truly sustainable (particularly in the area of leadership), and that multi-ethnicity is synonymous with multiculturalism. Ministering in an urban, decidedly multi-cultural church that is not very multi-ethnic was an important distinction for me to consider.
The only area of disappointment that I found with this book is that in its latter chapters it is given to an extended discussion of multi-ethnic ministry exclusively, (as opposed to the broader dynamics of multi-cultural) and thus became less helpful to me. In doing so, the authors almost seem to suggest that, while the earlier chapters of the book acknowledged the deficiency of the pursuit of multi-ethnic ministry simply for the sake of being multi-ethnic, and the relative impossible of truly achieving multi-ethnicity in all aspects of a ministry, and sustaining multi-ethnicity--churches might still want to pursue becoming multi-ethnic, as opposed to embracing and growing as truly multicultural churches. I realize this criticism may sound like a mere mixing of only slightly different words, but as the author's argued, there are very significant differences between these two words that have a profound effect on the self-perception and goals of a church.
The extended discussion of the various definitions of "multi-ethnic" and "multicultural" alone make this a worthwhile read. I highly recommend this book to all leaders who are working through the challenges of ministry in an increasingly diverse culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Collier on September 15, 2014
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I like books that challenge me and this book did that. I am too comfortable in my lifestyle and I must open my eyes to my surroundings and see what Christ has in store for me down my street. I have led 20 international mission trips since 1997 but this book challenged me to look at international missions from a local perspective. Easy to read and hard to put down.
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