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book review: Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church

Posted by dturn on July 31, 2008


Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

My first impression of Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church was one of relief.
It is awesome to know that it is possible to create a church, and even networks of churches, that is diverse as the community that it resides.
Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, is an established leader in the multi-ethnic arena. He is the co-founder of the Mosaix Global Network.

Mark asks us to look deeper into the issue of racial reconciliation in the church.
As a matter of fact, in his writing, Mark pushes us past the surface and into the ultimate moment of reconciliation, mankind with Christ.
He explains how ethnically diverse communities of faith can pave the way for a major advancement of God’s love and grace.

I really felt that this subject of this book was overdue for some attention.
I could understand and thoroughly appreciate the 7 core commitments mention in this book.
After digesting this information I wondered what our communities would look like if all churches took on these characteristics.
I know that the church can make things much more complicated than it should be.
If we could operate in the unselfish love of Jesus Christ, the impact on our world would be amazing.

My overall opinion of this book is that it is a must-read for pastors, church leaders, church planters or anyone who wants to make a difference.
Our cities are becoming more and more diverse. Unfortunately, they are also more segregated on Sunday mornings.
This book will help to change that.

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2 Responses to “book review: Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church”

  1. Cyndi said

    I don’t think I have looked at church the same way since reading this book. Of course meeting Pastor Mark in person and hearing the passion in his speech helped also. Seeing first hand the segregation that still exist within our churches on Sunday morning actually hurts me to my heart. Changing the face of that will take very strong, courageous christ filled men and women.

  2. David said

    Cyndi,
    Sounds like you just signed yourself up.

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