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"Into a world where class, power and ancestry divided rich from poor, free from slave, men from women, came a society that welcomed all who bore the name of Jesus (1 Cor 1:26-29). . . . [Yet today,] Black, White, Hispanic and Asian Christians still watch each other pour out of their church buildings on street intersections that are often their only common meeting ground. . . . But there is another model for the church. . . . In neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles the multiethnic church reechoes New Testament themes as diverse cultures and social classes share ministry and leadership in local congregations. This book is an invitation to open the treasure chest of multiethnicity and rejoice." (Harvie M. Conn (from the foreword))

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Ortiz (D.Min., Westminster) is professor of ministry and urban mission and director of the urban program at Westminster Theological Seminary. For fourteen years he ministered to Hispanics in Chicago, founding four churches, two elementary schools and an extension school for theological education. He has continued in community ministry by planting a multiethnic church in Philadelphia and by promoting urban and multiethnic ministry around the nation through his speaking and consulting efforts.
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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (September 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830818820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830818822
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Montgomery on May 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ortiz has written a useful little book in helping to develop multi-ethnic churches. Through a chapter about demographics he shows the necessity of multi-cultural churches today. Then he takes the reader through two main models for multi-ethnic/cultural churches. He first describes the "multi-congregational" model, which is, in essence, when two or more groups meet under the same roof but have limited interaction. The "multiethnic" church, his second model, allows for greater cooperation (and struggles) between the different groups. In the following chapters he develops how best to transition from a mono-cultural to a multi-cultural church with very practical advice and several examples from actual multi-cultural churches. He ends with a theological study on becoming a "new humanity" that gives his theological basis for encouraging the multi-cultural/ethnic church.

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In chapter one he gives an overview of the chapters with certain questions one should ask while reading them. These are very helpful and practical.

Gives good practical advice throughout

Cons

Does not discuss the possibilities of multi-lingual worship services.

Unfortunately because this book was written over 10 years ago, the demographics are a bit out of date.

Although anyone living in a multi-ethnic setting could benefit from this book, his primary target seems to be church leaders. Anyone looking to work in an urban area would be well served by reading Ortiz's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Preciado on June 2, 2005
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Living in a changing world, in the United States, becoming increasingly more diverse culturally, and ethnically, we need to be prepared as the church body to be on the frontlines of this phenomenon.

In One New People Ortiz reminds us of the diversity that existed in the church of the first century, and Jesus Christ's' purpose to reconcile us in Him. "The Community has a kingdom testimony of people from diverse backgrounds being loved and being accepted and then sharing their possessions for the purpose of advancing God's Kingdom. This testimony is uncommon in a society where racial strife is more evident than brotherly love. While it often leads to evangelism and growth in the church, it also provides for healing in the community" (Ortiz 1996:93)

Ortiz presents in a very practical way throughout the text, examples of various congregations that have taken the steps to change from a homogeneous church to what he describes to be a multicongregational church or a multiethnical church.

A multicongregational church is a church that houses various ethnic groups from the community in one building with different meeting times during the week. A Multiethnic church is a church that includes culturally diverse people who meet together as one congregation, utilizing one language, usually English." He presents the case of the International Bible Church, located in Los Angeles and is composed of "Anglos, American Indians, Asian Indians, Blacks, Chinese, Guatemalans, Filipinos, Koreans, Mexicans, Salvadorians, Russians, Taiwanese, Thais, and Ukrainians." The purpose of this church is to glorify God (Eph 1:5-6, 12,14). The key of this ministry is to focus on Jesus Christ who makes us one and not in our differences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Les on May 24, 2005
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Manuel Ortiz's, One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church, is a well-timed book for a day of great segregation in our churches. The segregation problem in our churches mirrors quite directly the continued segregation of races, social classes and any other means by which people differentiate themselves found in out society. Sadly, we follow in the footsteps of a fallen people as opposed to leading the way and standing out in holiness as Christ intended his people to do. Yet, despite the state of our society and our churches within them Ortiz offers hope and looks positively into a future where these distinguishing factors are replaced by a view of people in and out of the church that sees them as a new nation, a Christian nation. Several of the principles and specific examples he provide model convincingly the potential of intentionally setting out on a quest of reconciliation, not only unto God but in practice now as we seek to break down the walls built around the many elements that hinder us from seeing the inner self and intentions of God's diverse people.

The strength of Ortiz's book lay in his use of church models seen in specific churches throughout the United States. They are helpful in seeing the pros and cons of both multiethnic churches and multi-congregational models, a distinction he clearly analyzes. If there is a downside to the book it is not contextually rather, in the organization and often-random points inserted and left unexplained. Sadly, these points nail an idea on the head but don't fully nail it down for the reader. This can be frustrating. In the end, he leaves the reader excited and more fully ready for the task of multiethnic or congregational models of church.
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