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Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) Paperback – March 30, 2010

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"Ethnic Blends describes what effective local churches in the twenty-first century will look like, and shows us how to create them, together as one, beyond race and class distinctions." --Miles McPherson, Senior Pastor, The Rock Church, San Diego

"Maybe more than any pastor in America, Mark DeYmaz knows what it will take for the church to find real reconciliation in our generation. The quilt of the gospel is made with people of varying ethnicities, cultures, and tongues. Ethnic Blends gives us a better glimpse at that quilt." --Matt Carter, Lead Pastor, Austin Stone Community Church

"God scatters by language at Babel, and then we see men and women from `every tongue, tribe, and nation' in Revelation. Something remarkable happens between the two events. The gospel unites and builds bridges to, and then among, the `nations'--ethnolinguistic people groups of all varieties. There have been few practical works to help Christians prepare for a multicultural eternity by reflecting the kingdom in a multicultural church. Ethnic Blends helps fill that void. DeYmaz and Li have provided a gift to churches that desire to reflect the kingdom where cultures are valued, but also bridged, for God's glory." --Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research

"Mark DeYmaz is a man raised up for such a time as this, a time when churches need a greater perspective of what Christ expects from his church. This book will help every church broaden its horizon of outreach, love, and care for its city. Acts 1:8 commands us to reach out to the uttermost parts of the earth. In 2010, the `uttermost parts' can many times be found within a few miles of where you live. God called us to reach people, love people, and help people grow in Christ, no matter what their background is. Mark's book helps us to recapture that vision in a powerful way." --Jonathan Falwell, Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church

Ethnic Blends is a prophetic, Christ-centered road map that offers practical, pastoral wisdom on how to form multi-ethnic congregations. Mark DeYmaz and Harry Li are redemptive voices crying out in a wilderness of homogeneity for the church in all its ethnic diversity to be one as God is one. I thank God for their biblical vision and mission and firmly believe that Christ's church will bear more authentic witness to the world that God has sent his Son the more we heed the authors' multi-ethnic church claims. --Paul Louis Metzger, PhD, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, author of Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church


Provides not only practical advice for those navigating the waters of racially diverse ministry but also an overview of the place of the multiracial movement in the larger Christian context. These are words that must be heard by all who want to create racially relevant ministries. -- Dr. George Yancey, University of North Texas <br><br>

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Product Details

  • Series: Leadership Network Innovation Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310321239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310321231
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Man in the Middle VINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
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My how we could have used this book ten years ago when our church (Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL) first decided to cross the racial divide in hopes of becoming multi-ethnic! Our results were recently described in a January, 2010 Time Magazine article that shows both how far Willow has come, and how far it still has to go.

It's interesting that both these authors and our pastor (Bill Hybels) were inspired by Michael Emerson's depressing book "Divided by Faith." For those who haven't read it yet, it describes lasting multi-ethnic churches as sociologically impossible. Yet, as I once responded to Dr. Emerson in a meeting, it HAS to be possible for Christians, because the Bible commands it. This book is the story of HOW it has been possible with God's help, not only for Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, but also for several other cited examples to become truly multi-ethnic (defined as no more than 80% from any one ethnicity.)

A key insight of this book is: however well the homogeneous unit principle of church growth worked in the twentieth century, only multi-ethnic churches can achieve lasting growth in the twenty-first. One reason is that the U.S. is becoming more diverse. Twenty-five percent of the people living near Willow's suburban campuses no longer look like the people who founded Willow. Any church that today only appeals to only one ethnicity, thereby shrinks its market, especially as the U.S. moves toward becoming majority-minority by 2042. Second, and more importantly, people who are considering the message of the church today can't avoid wondering why it can't be at least as diverse as their workplace.
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I am writing not to review, but to provide four important facts re. this book for your consideration in advance of purchase:

1) In 2013, Ethnic Blends was retitled/repackaged as Leading a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church to better explain the book as a follow-up to my first book on the subject, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church.

2) Other than providing for a new Foreword by Matt Chandler, and a new Afterword by Dr. John Perkins, the content in Leading a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church is the same as it is in Ethnic Blends.

3) Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church provides foundational exegesis re. the biblical mandate of the multi-ethnic church, and explains seven core commitments required to bring it about.

4) Leading a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church (formerly Ethnic Blends) provides further insight into the everyday challenges of such a church, and provides courageous leaders the understanding they'll need to overcome the obstacles.
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At this writing I've been pastoring a multi-ethnic church since we planted Emmaus 6.5 years ago. I only wish I would have known about this book back then.

It begins with a quick review of why Christian leaders should seek to plant and lead multi-ethnic churches. If you think multi-ethnic churches are just another church strategy, or just another "niche" within church planting, or if you are otherwise not yet convinced that multi-ethnic churches are spiritually (and not just culturally) valuable this is a challenging and helpful section. It is also helpful for those of us who are already convinced that this is God's will for our church but can use some help clarifying that vision for our people.

The remainder of the book addresses 7 common challenges you will face if you seek to lead a multi-ethnic church. In Emmaus' brief history we have encountered every one of the challenges DeYmaz addresses. In these chapters the authors use the story of their church, Mosaic, to illustrate these challenges. They also include brief testimonies written by pastors of other multi-ethnic churches throughout the world. These are welcome interruptions to each chapter as they offer different perspectives in general and, in several cases, the perspectives of leaders of minority ethnicities. Both the chapters proper and the testimonies therein are helpful and inspiring. But the book is most insightful when DeYmaz exegetes Scripture to reveal God's explicit and implied teaching on the value of multi-ethnic congregations. I found his understanding of Ephesians especially impacting.

My only frustration with the book was that, at times, DeYmaz appears to assume his audience is white and middle-class.
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Stained glass, with all of its multiple brilliant colors, provides a unique style of rainbow for church families, allowing nature's light to shine through a prism of various shades of peace and comfort. Mark Deymaz and Harry Li attempt to introduce the stained glass concept into the church body with their new book, "Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local Church". As Deymaz and Li explore the possibilities associated with bringing different ethnicities together under one Godly roof, it's impossible to ignore the analogy of the stained glass, the elegant, beautiful art work that stands as a testament to the value of strength derived from the sum of disparate parts.

Deymaz and Li don't deny the fact that there are obstacles to creating such a spiritual utopia; in fact, they recognize this sad fact in every chapter. However, not ones to be dissuaded, they acknowledge the difficulties, and in the same breath they offer solutions for eradicating these barriers. Multiple races worshiping together requires overcoming challenges that range from the personal to the practical. Ironically, there is a chapter devoted to debunking the myths created by theological sources, making one want to throw up her hands and give up. Yet, the authors do such an amazing job of convincing the reader it is possible, racial harmony in God's House is within our grasp, it renews hope and faith that the promise of knowing we are "Christians by our love, by our love" will be a song that literally comes to fruition.

Excellent read for anyone interested in justice, spirituality, or the how the two might blend.
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