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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892217030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892217038
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...there is no more important task than taking the Gospel to every member of our community regardless of the cultural differences that may exist....This is God's plan and God's desire." --Jonathan Falwell, Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA

"Whatever racial woes we face in America, they cannot be dealt with by politicians or Washington D.C., but rather by the local church....help our nation navigate through this critical and much needed conversation on race." --J.C. Watts, Jr., Former Member of Congress

"Whatever racial woes we face in America, they cannot be dealt with by politicians or Washington D.C., but rather by the local church....help our nation navigate through this critical and much needed conversation on race." --J.C. Watts, Jr., Former Member of Congress

About the Author

Scott Williams served on staff as a key leader and campus pastor for LifeChurch.tv, one of the largest and most innovative churches in America. He is an effective speaker, strategist, ministry consultant, entrepreneur and popular social media influencer for pastors and ministries around the globe. He is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com. Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.

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Scott Williams served as a key leader and Campus Pastor for LifeChurch.tv. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, strategist, consultant and ideapreneur. He lives by the mantra "Everything Begins With An Idea." He's the author of Church Diversity and Go Big, in addition to being an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com.

As the Chief Solutions Officer for the consulting company Nxt Level Solutions, Scott helps businesses, non-profits, churches and individuals move from where they are to where they aim to be. Nxt Level Solutions works with some of the largest churches, non-profits, and fortune 100 companies in the world.

Scott lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and two sons. He and his family are proud fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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That one line sums up this incredible book so well.
Darren L. Currin
In the book Church Diversity you'll learn that you have to make race an issue for race to be a non-issue.
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This is absolutely necessary if you have any desire to win your community to Christ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Forty-five years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr made this shocking statement:

We must face the sad fact that at 11 o'clock on Sunday morning, when we stand to sing...we stand in the most segregated hour in America.

In 2011 this is the state of things:

We live in a day and age where arguably the best rapper is white, the best golfer is black, the NBA center with the most potential was Asian, and the quarterback for America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, is Hispanic.

Has the Church just stood still? Are we really so far behind that the struggles for equality that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr went through 45 years ago mean very little? A new book by Scott Williams and published by New Leaf Publishing explores diversity in our lives and our Churches.

Even though the book isn't out until May I've had the privilege of reading through some of the chapters and I've come up with the following thoughts.

1. Scott touches on a subject that while is aimed at an American audience it applies here in the UK. Church Diversity is a huge issue and without realising it we often exclude people. If we do nothing more than include one more person as a result of reading this book we'll achieve something in the Kingdom.

2. It's biblically based. In Chapter 1 Scott looks at the early Church and how Jesus' disciples actively included a diverse range of people in what God wanted to do on the earth.

3. Scott's shares from his own journey which was split between "black" Baptist Churches and "white" Baptist Churches not to mention working for the American Prison service in rural Oklahoma. Both places where diversity could at times be scarce.

4. It's not a passive book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ehag on April 18, 2011
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I got this book from a dear friend of mine. I wondered why they were giving me a book about church diversity because I am not in any type of pastoral role. After reading this book, I know it wasn't a coincidental. It was a God thing. I am currently in a leadership position of a non diverse corporate company. @scottwilliams brings up many points that are relevant to anyone's life not just the churchy leaders. I hope this book gives us all the courage to start having the types of conversations that are well overdue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ekreview on April 18, 2011
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Scott's philosophy of embracing the difference in each of us and showcasing it to elicite acceptance in church is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes torpid middle-american church. Scott does a great job of pointing out the importance of adopting a global view of the body of Christ--one that doesn't involve race, age, or culture, but instead challenges us to look deeper. It's there that you truly start to understand Christ's commandment to love each other.

The book's answer to whether or not diversity is just about race may seem elementary to so many of us, but it is so important to note that a large majority of people believe diversity doesn't go much deeper than the color of your skin. What's so great about Scott's modern perspective on diversity is that once you think you have it all figured out, that you have your finger on the pulse of our ever-evolving society, there is always more to learn and more challenges to overcome in order to become the church Christ intended us to be.

At the heart of it, this book is an important reminder to not just be 'nice' to our brothers, but to love them in a way that flows from the way we love God. The book challenged me to take the blinders off and step out of my comfort zone. If I can't do that, then my love for Christ is only lip service.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JeremyC on April 14, 2011
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Every once in a while, someone writes a book that is a "Game Changer" for the Church, a "95 thesis" kind of book if you will. I think "Church Diversity" is one of those books.

In the book, Scott not only addresses the issue facing the church, but challenges us to do something about it. Growing up in the Bible Belt, "segregation" in church is something I've always lived with. "Church Diversity" opened my eyes to the problem & challenged me to do something about it. Its one of those books that doesn't merely address another topic in Christianity, but sparks a change in the way we do church.

I'm definitely passing it along to my friends & would encourage you to do the same. It's time to wake up, address the problem, & take steps towards the Biblical community God wants us to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Donaldson on October 6, 2011
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I only know Scott Williams from a distance but due to the wonders of the internet I feel like I've known him for years. He has a great story - one that continues to be written. In Church Diversity Scott shares much of his story with his readers. Central to that story are the complexities of the lack of diversity in the vast number of American churches. It is a point that is worth making and worth fighting to change.

I serve on a denominational board (Converge Worldwide) where we have worked hard to address the lack of diversity among our ranks. The makeup of our current board may be its most diverse ever. But with only one notable exception all of our upper level leaders are white males. The same holds true for regional directors. I'm also on a sub-committee that is planning our next national event. We are deeply committed to highlighting the diversity that exists in our churches throughout the event. But while this will celebrate diversity on one level it will not directly increase the diversity in our member churches. That is where Church Diversity comes in - or could.

Scott Williams very intentionally and methodically pokes a stick in the eye of the church on this topic. And he doesn't just call out churches that are predominately white in their make-up. In chapter 3 Williams writes: "This is a wake-up call for the traditional ethnic churches, such as black, Indian, Asian, and Hispanic. The arguments that "we must remain separate because it's about the community" or "it's the only piece of culture that we have left" are not valid arguments. They are incongruent with who Jesus is and what the gospel is all about. Is your church preserving culture of some people or presenting the gospel to all people?
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