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One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church Paperback – September 19, 1996
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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
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Unfortunately because this book was written over 10 years ago, the demographics are a bit out of date.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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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One new people, great and wonderful book. Many should read this, it will help them grow and know how to works things out without any misunderstanding.Published 1 month ago by Paula Quinones
This is a very helpful guide to a vexing issue. The book is a very easy read and has a good bit of great information. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Olaf Lutherson
If the demographics of your church do not look anything like the ethnic diversity of your neighborhood, Manuel Ortiz's book is a great place to start your educational research. Read morePublished on August 27, 2007 by Gordon W. Marchant
Manuel Ortiz has written a very practical "why and how to" book on developing multicultural congregations. Read morePublished on July 31, 2007 by Robert W. Kellemen
One important goal for people who are ministering among churches should be the developing of a multiethnic Church. Read morePublished on June 9, 2005 by Carlos Mauricio Lopez