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Being the Church in a Multi-Ethnic Community: Why It Matters and How It Works Paperback – May 24, 2012
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About the Author
Gary L. McIntosh is professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and president of Church Growth Network. He has served more than twelve hundred churches in more than eighty denominations. He has written or coauthored more than twenty books, including Here Today, There Tomorrow: Unleashing Your Church's Potential.
Alan McMahan is associate professor of intercultural studies at Biola University. A former missionary in Indonesia, Alan has worked with churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim, and has taught missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development, and evangelism. He has also served as vice president of Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York; and academic dean at The King's College in Manhattan, New York.
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The only area of disappointment that I found with this book is that in its latter chapters it is given to an extended discussion of multi-ethnic ministry exclusively, (as opposed to the broader dynamics of multi-cultural) and thus became less helpful to me. In doing so, the authors almost seem to suggest that, while the earlier chapters of the book acknowledged the deficiency of the pursuit of multi-ethnic ministry simply for the sake of being multi-ethnic, and the relative impossible of truly achieving multi-ethnicity in all aspects of a ministry, and sustaining multi-ethnicity--churches might still want to pursue becoming multi-ethnic, as opposed to embracing and growing as truly multicultural churches. I realize this criticism may sound like a mere mixing of only slightly different words, but as the author's argued, there are very significant differences between these two words that have a profound effect on the self-perception and goals of a church.
The extended discussion of the various definitions of "multi-ethnic" and "multicultural" alone make this a worthwhile read. I highly recommend this book to all leaders who are working through the challenges of ministry in an increasingly diverse culture.