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Q. What is the big idea of your book?
A. Local churches should increasingly embrace ethnic and economic diversity for the sake of the Gospel.
Q. What prompted you to write your book?
A. An increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible the message of God's love for all people as preached from segregated pulpits and pews. For too long segregation along the lines of race and class has been promoted as a strategy for planting, growing and developing local churches. While pragmatic, this strategy is not biblical and unintentionally undermines the very Gospel we preach.
Q. What is the most challenging concept in your book?
A. That the multi-ethnic church is not optional, but biblically mandated in the New Testament for the sake of the Gospel: envisioned by Christ (John 17:20-23); described by Luke (Acts 11:19-27); prescribed by Paul (Ephesians).
Q. How does your book improve leaders' lives?
A. By challenging and correcting long-held, erroneous, assumptions concerning the segregation of the local church, this book equips and empowers leaders to be more biblical and relevant in the 21st century for the sake of the Gospel.
Q. What's your favorite sentence/quote from your book?
A. "Jesus taught us to pray, 'Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' So if the kingdom of heaven is not segregated, then why on earth is the local church?"
Q. If leaders only have time to read one chapter of your book right now, which one would you recommend and why?
A. Chapter 3: The Pauline Mystery. This chapter will completely rework the reader's understanding of Paul's letter to the Ephesians in an exegetically sound way.
Q. Step out of your role as author -- if you were recommending your book to a friend, what would you tell them?
A. This book will help you understand and articulate what it is you've been feeling for a long time: that diverse people ought to be able to walk, work, and worship God together as one in and through the local church.
“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
Political correctness hits the church . . . again. DeYmaz's point that racism is totally out of place in the church is well taken. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Greek1
Good material. I highly recommend the book: the blended church by dehner maurer. Practical steps to break down racism in the churchPublished 17 months ago by dehner
I love how this isn't about the author's opinions, but a fresh way to way to see the New Testament church through the lenses of the Bible. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Lee
this was one of the text books needed for a class in theology. However, when I began reading I enjoyed the chapters seemed to just run together. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Connie Cameron
Challenges the credibility of present day segregated Church in America and elsewhere and gives a strong Biblically exegetical argument for churches to begin working to be... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by David McCauley
This book is well written. I enjoyed the whole book, especially the examples provided. I hope many people read this one and pass it to people they know, especially to those who... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Rafael E. Estrella
This book makes a very important and challenging contribution to contemporary thinking about church life and health. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by John Gibbs
Mark DeYmaz writes my type of book, a list of seven-core commitments "that preach," a clear biblical mandate for building a healthy multiethnic church, and testimony from the field... Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by Beryl Banks