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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: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 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: #652,392 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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This book will stretch your thinking.
dccurry
Scott's inspiration, Dr. Martin Luther King, proclaimed Sunday worship hour as the most segregated time in America.
Marvin Wiebener
If I can't do that, then my love for Christ is only lip service.
ekreview

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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 Sirius Knott on July 5, 2011
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Subtitled `Sunday: The Most Segregated day of the Week,' Scott Williams' thought-provoking book aims at being the flashpoint for the We Are Church Diversity movement. We Are Church Diversity is consists of "congregants, pastors, church planters, educators, leaders and Christians around the world" who affirm that diversity matters to God and are "committed to seeing the body of Christ more racially unified." Williams offers us the challenge of intentionality: church diversity on purpose. And he proposes lots of ways to do that: everything from having your church acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr Day, to celebrating Church Diversity Week (beginning the 2nd Friday of each year and ending on the 3rd Friday), to preaching diversity from our pulpits [fellow preachers, I'm talking to you] and Sunday school lecterns, to making sure that your church board and stage reflect the diversity you believe in (because what guests see on the stage and who they see in the leadership lets them know whether they are truly welcome or simply tolerated).

Of course, the book is something of a riff off Paul's Letter to American Christians, November 4, 1956 by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The most oft-quoted section of this letter stands as a undeniable indictment of the modern church - as much as it did more than 50 years ago:

"There is another thing that disturbs me to no end about the American church. You have a white church and you have a Negro church. You have allowed segregation to creep into the doors of the church. How can such a division exist in the true Body of Christ? You must face the tragoc fact that when you stand at 11:00 on Sunday morning to sing `All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name' and `Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,' you stand in the most segregated hour of Christian America.
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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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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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