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Table ofContents 3 . . .......... Driving Change and the National Conversation 4 . . ......................................................... Facility Map 5 . . ..................Welcome from Grace Church and PlantLB 6 . . .............................................................. Schedule 7 . . ............................................ Extra Hours Activities 8 . . ............................... Tracks 1-4 (Workshop Listings) 9 . . ............................... Tracks 5-8 (Workshop Listings) 10. . ........................... Tracks 9-12 (Workshop Listings) 11. . ..........................Tracks 13-15 (Workshop Listings) 14. . .................. At Stake? The Credibility of the Church 16. . ............................... Multi-ethnic Churches Needed 20 - 22........................................... Plenary Speakers 29-32............................................ Workshop Leaders 34. . .............................We Must Go Through SAMERICA 36. . ....................... Tracks 1-4 (Workshop Descriptions) 37. . ....................... Tracks 5-8 (Workshop Descriptions) 38. . ..................... Tracks 9-12 (Workshop Descriptions) 39. . ................... Tracks 13-15 (Workshop Descriptions) 42. . ........... How Multi-ethnic Worship Fights Racial Bias 48. . ............................................. We Shall Overcome 50. . ......................................... Local Church Sponsors
The Multi-ethnic Church Conference
Driving Change and the National Conversation Dear Colleagues and Champions of the Gospel, As Rick Warren recently wrote, “I know how difficult church planting can be.” This was true thirty-three years ago when he and Kay planted Saddleback, and it was true twelve years ago when my wife, Linda, and I planted the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas in Little Rock. Adding to the degree of difficulty in our case, however, was a calling from God to plant a multi-ethnic and economically diverse church reflective of the community we sought to serve. I can assure you: there were not any conferences, networks, or proven resources at the time otherwise able to assist us with the God-sized task of planting and developing a church for all people; and that, in a city infamously associated with the American Civil Rights Movement. At the time we needed personal encouragement and ministry development. More often than not, however, we felt alone and isolated in an Evangelical establishment geared toward planting homogeneous churches and asking
of its planters, Who’s your target audience? Thankfully, times are changing. Yes, today, pastors and church planters are increasingly aware of changing demographics and taking steps to build healthy multi-ethnic churches. Denominations, networks, and conferences, too, are showing increasing interest. Together we are doing so in order to present a more credible witness of God’s love for all people in the wonderfully diverse communities we serve. And the good news is this: we no longer have to pursue this calling alone, or in the absence of learning from those who’ve gone before. As we did in 2010, Mosaix has again gathered one of the most ethnically and denominationally diverse, gender-inclusive line-ups of authors and speakers ever assembled at an Evangelical conference in the United States focused on church planting, growth and development. In fact more than sixty thought-leading pioneers are here to meet and interact with you personally. I hope you’ll take advantage of every opportunity to connect with them and others, as well.
In convening this conference, and as we have for the past ten years (see page 24), Mosaix continues to influence the national conversation. And following the conference it will remain our mission to equip pastors, church planters, denominational, organizational, and educational leaders just like you for ministry in an increasingly diverse society (see page 25). If you’re not already, I hope you’ll become a member of the network in order to advance the cause as one with us. For more information regarding membership, see pages 26 and 27 . Given that this is only the second national conference on the Multi-ethnic Church ever to be held in the United States, I trust you are as blessed as I am to be part of it. Over the next two days, let us pray that our collective voice will be heard throughout the country, and serve to challenge all those with their eyes upon us to walk, work, and worship God together as one in the local church for the sake of the Gospel. Dr. Mark DeYmaz Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas Mosaix Global Network
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... to Long Beach and to Grace from Pastor Lou! Both contexts are significant to the experipopulations of immigrants and descendants from ence of this year’s Mosaix gathering. Apart from Vietnam and the Philippines. Over thirty-three difthe grace of God revealed in Jesus, we could not ferent languages (including English) are spoken by hope to break down the barriers that separate students in Long Beach Unified Schools. people by race, rank, status and class. Because I’m personally grateful for and excited about the Jesus has broken down the wall of hostility that opportunity to host this gathering on a topic so vihistorically separated Jew and Gentile (Ephetal to the church in America. Jesus’ vision for his sians 2:13–15), we can engage the focus of this bride is a people gathered from all nations, marked gathering with anticipation for what Jesus can by both unity and diversity. This context is fitting do still today! to discuss how we as leaders can engage the chalLong Beach is a fitting context for the 2nd Nalenge of seeing Jesus’ vision for his church become tional Multi-ethnic Church Conference. It is the a reality not simply in the New Creation but right second largest city in the Greater Los Angeles now in our own local contexts. Dr. Lou Huesmann Area, after Los Angeles. Named by USA Today in With over sixty speakers from a variety of backGrace Brethren Church 2000 as the most ethnically diverse large city in grounds and disciplines, this is an opportunity to the United States, Long Beach’s Asian community includes a large sharpen our vision together to engage an increasingly diverse culCambodian community, the second-largest Cambodian commu- ture and to get in step with the Spirit of Jesus who is on the move nity outside of Asia (after Paris) and a neighborhood along Ana- in churches across America! So, welcome to this great city and heim Street is called “Little Phnom Penh.” There are also sizable may Jesus be glorified.
The PlantLB team welcomes you to Long Beach! PlantLB was created to encourage the multiplication of Christ-following communities for the good of the city. Our leadership team represents what Jesus is doing in our great city - the major cultures, denominations, generations, and neighborhoods that make up Long Beach. All of us thoroughly love the LBC, and are excited to welcome you to one of the most diverse cities in the US. The volunteers who are serving throughout the conference are members of our various churches. It is our hope that collectively our hospitality will make you feel at home. Eric Marsh Plant LB Grace Brethren Church 5
Tuesday, November 5 7:30 am – Registration Opens 8:30 am – Worship Begins 8:45 am – Plenary Session I Mark DeYmaz, Derwin Gray, Paul Louis Metzger, Eugene Cho 10:25 am – Break 10:45 am – Tracks / Workshops A 11:55 am – Break for Lunch / Extra Hours Activities 1:30 pm – Tracks / Workshops B 2:40 pm – Break 3:00 pm – Plenary Session II David Anderson, Heather Larson, Choco DeJesus 4:45 pm – Break for Dinner / Extra Hours Activities 6:30 pm – Worship Begins 6:45 pm – Plenary Session III Leonce Crump, Noemi Chavez, Dudley Rutherford, Efrem Smith 8:30 pm – Extra Hours Activities 10:00 pm – Day One Concludes Wednesday, November 6 7:30 am – Worship-based Prayer / Extra Hours Activities 8:30 am – Worship Begins 8:45 am – Plenary Session IV Christena Cleveland, Beau Hughes, Ed Stetzer, John Perkins 10:25 am – Break 10:45 am – Tracks / Workshops C 11:55 pm – Break for Lunch / Extra Hours Activities 1:30 pm – Tracks / Workshops D 2:40 pm – Break 3:00 pm – Plenary Session V Soong-Chan Rah, Naeem Fazal, Jim Wallis, Scott Williams 4:45 pm – Conference Concludes 6:45 pm – City-wide Worship Celebration Begins Mark DeYmaz, Jim Wallis, Efrem Smith 8:30 pm – City-wide Worship Celebration Ends
Extra Hours Activities As part of your conference experience take advantage of these additional opportunities to network with others of like-mind, whatever your interest or need.
Meet and Greet Book Signings Many authors will be available throughout the conference to briefly visit and/or sign a copy of a book for you. For the latest concerning author availability, visit the Mosaix Resource Center or conference Info Booth. Author Hosted Meals Share a meal – lunch (T and W), coffee (T pm), or breakfast (W) – with an author for personal connection and dialogue. For the latest concerning author availability, visit the conference Info Booth. Pastors/Planters’ Sidebar (Tuesday, 12:20p – 1:15p) Are you a pastor in, or seeking to plant, a multi-ethnic church? Are you the spouse of a pastor leading a multiethnic church or church plant? Join with like-minded others for an informal time of encouragement, dialogue, and Q & A facilitated by John Teter, Linda DeYmaz, and Eugene Cho. Transitions Sidebar (Tuesday, 12:20p – 1:15p) Seeking to transition a healthy but otherwise homogeneous church in becoming multi-ethnic? Join with like-minded others for an informal time of encouragement, dialogue, and Q & A facilitated by Dana Baker, Kyle Ray, and Tim Celek.
Multi-ethnic Church and the Mission of God (Wednesday, 12:20p - 1:15p) Join Ed Stetzer in the Chapel for an exciting look at how the mission of God relates to the multi-ethnic church. Ed will share missiological resources and new research on best practices, directly applicable to churches today. Revitalization Sidebar (Wednesday, 1 2:20p – 1:15p) Is the church at which you pastor, or intend to lead, in need of new vitality and direction inspired by the multi-ethnic vision? Join with like-minded others for an informal time of encouragement, dialogue, and Q & A facilitated by Naeem Fazal, Chris Beard and Alvin Sanders. Educators’ Sidebar (Wednesday, 12:20p – 1:15p) Are you a seminary or college professor, student, or otherwise interested in advancing the vision of the multiethnic church via higher institutions of learning? Join with like-minded others for an informal time of encouragement, dialogue, and Q & A facilitated by Paul Louis Metzger, Rod Cooper, and Wayne Schmidt.
Artists Café and Showcase (Tuesday, 8:55p – 10:00p) Following Tuesday night’s plenary session, stick around to network with others, grab an evening snack or coffee, and enjoy the musical artistry of worship leaders from around the country in the Chapel. The music starts at 8:55p. Worship-based Prayer in the Chapel (Wednesday, 7:30a – 8:30a) Knowing that the multi-ethnic church is a work of the Holy Spirit that cannot otherwise be engineered by human means or effort, join Harry Li and others of like-minded passion for a refreshing time of worship-based prayer to begin the day.
Workshops Include Four Sessions Grouped in Fifteen Tracks Pick and choose to attend sessions from any track, or attend all four sessions of one entire track!
A. 10:45 am on Tuesday, November 5
C. 10:45 am on Wednesday, November 6
B. 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 5
D. 1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 6
Track 1 – Biblical Theology
A. Reconciliation and the Mystery of the Gospel - Jonathan Seda
B. How Exclusive People Become the Inclusive People of God - Randy Nabors
C. The Biblical Strategy for Oneness and Reconciliation - Ed Lee
D. Beyond Diversity: the Trans-cultural Narrative of Scripture - Leonce Crump
Track 2 – Multi-ethnic Church Planting
A. 72: Evangelism in the City - John Teter
B. The Cost of Diversity - Naeem Fazal
C. Five Reasons to Plant a Multi-ethnic Church - Frank Wooden
D. Multi-ethnic Church Planting in an Asian American Context - Ray Chang
Track 3 – Homogeneous Church Transition
A. From Historically Homogeneous to Authentically Multi-ethnic - Wayne Schmidt
B. Our Story of Transition - Beau Hughes
C. Listening Well to Diverse Voices - Dana Baker
D. Our Story in Transition - Tim Celek
Track 4 – Community Engagement
A. Eight Components of Christian Community Development - John M. Perkins
B. Tearing Down the Walls - Heather Larson
C. Boundary Ambiguities in Mercy Ministry - Maria Garriott
D. Owning the Pond Together - Paul Louis Metzger
Workshops Include Four Sessions Grouped in Fifteen Tracks Pick and choose to attend sessions from any track, or attend all four sessions of one entire track!
A. 10:45 am on Tuesday, November 5
C. 10:45 am on Wednesday, November 6
B. 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 5
D. 1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 6
Track 5 – Sociological Insights
A. Ten Years After United By Faith: New Insights - Curtiss Paul DeYoung
B. Uncovering the Hidden Processes which Fuel Divisions - Christena Cleveland
C. The Effect of Mono-ethnicity on American Evangelicalism - Dave Olson
D. Leading Towards God’s Multi-ethnic Kingdom - Alvin Sanders
Track 6 – Missional and Multi-ethnic
A. Creating a Missional and Multi-ethnic Church - Kevin Haah
B. Change the World or Your Zip Code? - Jason Janz and Juan Pena
C. The Post-Black Post-White Church - Efrem Smith
D. Beyond Rhetoric: Real Community Transformation - Mark DeYmaz
Track 7 – Overcoming the Racial Divide
A. Letting Go of White Jesus - Kyle Ray
B. Unexpected Gifts - Gail Soong Bantum
C. Conflict Resolution in a Multi-ethnic Context - Rod Cooper
D. Embracing the Pain - Chris Beard
Track 8 – Cross-cultural Competence
A. Engaging the Powers - Choco DeJesus
B. Diverse Practices, Colliding Preferences - Elizabeth Drury
C. Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church - Soong-Chan Rah
D. Merging Asian Communities Into Your Church - Tony Kim
Workshops Include Four Sessions Grouped in Fifteen Tracks Pick and choose to attend sessions from any track, or attend all four sessions of one entire track!
A. 10:45 am on Tuesday, November 5
C. 10:45 am on Wednesday, November 6
B. 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 5
D. 1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 6
Track 9 – Engaging Hispanics/Latinos
A. Why the Pursuit of Hispanics and Latinos Matters - Sam Rodriguez
B. Embracing the Other Senior Pastor - Alex Rivero
C. Paths to Bilingual Worship - Jorge Lockward
D. Building Healthy Relationships in a Multicultural Congregation - Art Lucero
Track 10 – Best Practices
A. Ministering to Interracial Couples - Robyn Afrik
B. Leadership Development in a Multi-ethnic Church - Derwin Gray
C. Building and Maintaining a Diverse Staff Team - Mont Mitchell and Rob Daniels
D. From Scratch or Mix: Expediting the Process of Becoming Multi-ethnic - Derek Chinn
Track 11 – Hot Topics
A. Engaging the LGBT Community - David Anderson
B. Responding to the Immigration Debate - Alejandro (Alex) Mandes
C. Empowering Women for Multi-ethnic Church Leadership - Noemi Chavez
D. Overcoming the Spiritual Strongholds of Division - Larry Walkemeyer
Track 12 – Multi-ethnic Worship Planning
A. Creative Service Programming (I) - Nikki Lerner
B. Creative Service Programming (II) - Josh Chavez
C. Incorporating Multiple Languages/Musical Genres in Worship - Josh Davis
D. Bringing Diversity in Worship to Any Size Congregation - David Bailey
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Track 13 – Engaging Hip Hop Culture
A. Allowing Diversity to Unify and Not Divide - Tymee Reitz
B. Discipleship and Small Groups in the Urban Context - Lans Jones
C. Planting a Gospel-Centered Multi-ethnic Urban Church - Tommy a.k.a. “Urban D.” Kyllonen
D. Urban Church Planting in 3D - Panel Discussion
Track 14 – Multi-ethnic Student Ministry
A. Core Competencies of a SOLID Urban Youth Ministry - Larry Acosta
B. Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Student Ministry - Albert Tate
C. Connecting Urban Youth Ministry to the Local Campus - Eric Vasquez
D. From Gangs to Groups to One Student Ministry - Chuck Eastman
Track 15 – Foundations Track (Spanish/French) A. El mandato bíblico de una iglesia multiétnica - David Stevens Le Mandat Biblique d’une Église Multi- Ethnique B. Siete Compromisos básicos de una iglesia multiétnica - Anthony Hendricks
Sept Principaux Engagements de l’Église Multi- Ethnique
C. Siete desafíos comunes de una iglesia multiétnica - Harry Li
Sept Défis Communs d’une Église Multi- Ethnique
D. La iglesia multiétnica en 3D - Panel Discussion
L’Eglise Multi- Ethnique en 3D
by Mark DeYmaz, D.Min.
At Stake? The Credibility of the Church
he day after a jury in Sanford, Fla., found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 12, 2012, USA Today’s front page story headline asked “After verdict, can racial rift be healed?” So, let’s ask the question again. After the verdict, can America’s racial rift(s) be healed? In a word: perhaps. But not unless local church pastors, planters and denominational leaders throughout this country take seriously the need to address systemic segregation within their own local congregations. Stated another way, racism is ultimately a spiritual problem. Consequently, systemic racial inequities in society cannot be righted until they are first righted in the American Church. That said, ask yourself: why were evangelical leaders so glaringly absent from T.V. and cable news networks talking about the Zimmerman trial, both prior to and after the verdict was delivered? Why were we not included as part of panels and focus groups designed specifically to discuss the case, issues of race, and lingering cultural divides in America? Where was our collective voice; our faith-filled response; our invitation to become a bright light in the public square pointing the way forward beyond tolerance to love, beyond conversation to committed action and intentionality? Who among us was called upon to share the stories of diverse men and women finding genuine faith, hope, and love for one another in Christ; those now walking, working, and worshipping God together as one in our churches? The fact is, evangelical leaders were not
sought out for such interaction or even considered for a seat at the table. Let me explain why. The credibility of the American Church is virtually non-existent in the eyes of society when it comes to addressing racial rifts, systemic inequities, or cultural divides deeply affecting this country. In this regard, our absence from the discussion cannot be blamed on the Media. Rather, our lack of credibility and collective irrelevance is the result of our own faults and failures when it comes to building cross-cultural relationships, pursuing cross-cultural competence, and promoting a spirit of inclusion within the local church. For far too long we have turned a blind eye to the lack of diversity within our congregations; proudly championed homogeneity in church planting; celebrated numeric growth and attendance more than community revitalization and transformation; encouraged the purchase of land and built new buildings instead of repurposing abandoned space in the community as a physical manifestation of the power and message of redemption; refused to empower minority leadership or to share authoritative responsibility in otherwise all-White churches; and the list goes on. More than this, while the American Church leans toward all things missional America remains polarized by all things racial. And since nearly 90 percent of churches in the United States today fail to have at least 20 percent diversity among their attending members, the American Church not only lacks credibility when it comes to issues of race, but due to its own segregation, unintentionally undermines the core of its message, the very Gospel itself. Worse yet, this remains a fact too many among us seem content to ignore. Make no mistake: an increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible the message of God’s love for all people as proclaimed from otherwise segregated pulpits and pews. Legislation and education, together with the efforts of countless individuals, groups, and agencies, have long sought to eliminate prejudice and the disparaging consequences of institutional racism still deeply embedded within society. Nevertheless, now is the moment to recognize that such a dream cannot be realized apart from the establishment of healthy multi-ethnic churches that intentionally and joyfully reflect the passion of Christ for all people, beyond race and class distinctions. For it is not the institutions of government or of education that have been ordained by God to this task. Rather it is the local church, the bride of Christ—we His people.1 To this end, we must will and commit ourselves: not so much for the sake of racial reconciliation, but more significantly for the sake of the Gospel; in order to present a credible witness of God’s love for all people whereby diverse men and women are reconciled to God (and consequently to one another) through faith in Jesus Christ. Concerning the movement of American Christianity toward racial reconciliation in the 1990s, author Chris Rice wrote the following profound words: “Yes, deep reconciliation will produce justice, and new relationships between the races. Yes this will lead Christians to become a bright light in the public square. But
I have become convinced that God is not very interested in the church healing the race problem. I believe it is more true that God is using race to heal the church.”2 For these and other reasons, the American Church dare not overlook this moment in history; a time when racial divides are so front and center, past and present pain so prevalent, that even President Barack Obama weighed in spontaneously, arguing “…that the larger discussion of race belongs not with lawmakers in Washington but in living rooms, houses of worship, and workplaces.”3 The time, then, is now to embrace the biblical mandate of the multi-ethnic church and pursue it for the sake of the Gospel. Indeed it is Christ’s will that we become one with believers different from ourselves in and through the local church, so that the world would know God’s love and believe (John 17:20-23). As a by-product, racial rifts can be healed; systemic inequities dismantled; and cultural divides bridged. Only in so doing can Christ be lifted up in a demographically polarized and changing society. Only in so doing can the American Church be restored to a place of prominence in the minds and hearts of those outside its walls. This is the power of unity. This is the Gospel of Christ. _________________________ 1 John 17:1–3, 20–23; Acts 11:19–26, 13:1, 16ff.; Galatians 3:26–28; Ephesians 4:1–6; Revelation 5:9–10. 2 Chris Rice, More Than Equals. (InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, IL, p. 261). 3 President Barack Obama: spontaneous comments to the press, July 19, 2013.
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he University of Virginiaâ€™s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, in July of this year, released a comprehensive map providing a fascinating visual snapshot of the entire population of the United States by race and ethnicity based on 2010 U.S. Census data (see www.coopercenter.org). Every person recorded in the census is represented on the map by a single, colorcoded dot. Never has such a visualization of the current racial diversity (or divide) been so clearly presented as the user can zoom in with great resolution and examine the composition of a community down to a single city block. Figure 1 illustrates the broadest visual perspective of the United States by race and confirms what the statistics have long been predicting: change is coming to America. According to the latest census (www.
census.gov), the collective, nonwhite population has grown to 36.3% of the total population and can be seen in the sweeping arc of green, representing the Southern Black population, that begins in the deep South and makes its way up the east coast. The Hispanic population can be seen throughout the Southwest and southern California with emphatic orange splotches that dot some of the largest cities in Texas. A growing list of cities are now living out the realities of their minoritymajority populations, in which the collective minority populations outnumber the majority white population. Seven of the top fifteen most populous U.S. cities now fall in this category. In 2010, 51.2% of New York City residents considered themselves to be an ethnic minority. The rich diversity of this great city can been seen visually in Figure 2. The Brookings Institute predicts that by the year 2043, the entire country will be a minority-majority population. Currently, there are more ethnic minority babies being born than whites and the wave of diverse children will simply become the collective majority by age bracket as predicted by Table 1, as early as 2018 for 0 to 18 year olds.
Figure 1: U.S.A. population by ethnicity 16
What does this mean to you, as a multi-ethnic church pastor or planter? Plenty! First, these statistics should not scare you but excite you. Those who learn to work in unity in our diverse world will succeed. Succeed in what? EVERYTHING ... from political elections, business enterprises, educational institutions and, of course, churches (not in a competitive sense, but in Kingdom building). Those who can build consensus amongst the diverse masses will have the greatest impact on virtually every sector of society. Secondly, just because the population is more diverse does not mean the population is unified. There is little benefit in being diverse, in and of itself; but there is tremendous power that accompanies unity in diversity around the gospel of Christ! As the Gospel reconciles men and women to God and to diverse others, more and more pastors will need cross-cultural competence to shepherd their very unique and diverse sheep in ways that can break down the barriers that typically divide. For example, examine the map of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shown in Figure 3. Considered by many to be one of the most segregated cities in America, it appears as though the streets divide the city ethnically into quadrants (I’ve highlighted the center streets for effect). The intersected center of these lines represents ground zero where there is a tremendous need and opportunity for a multi-ethnic church. In the future, church planters must think differently about the geographical locations of their church. Our message should draw diverse others under the cross of Christ and minimize barriers to all that are seeking Christ. Maybe the Lord will draw you to plant a multi-ethnic church, to revitalize a church in decline around the vision, or transition a healthy but otherwise homogeneous church in a city like Milwaukee. In the meantime, go to www.coopercenter. org and start learning about the diversity of the city in which you live, and cities that are ripe for a multi-ethnic church plant.
TABLE 1: YEAR WHEN WHITES T ABLE 1: YEAR WHEN WHITES BECOME BECOME MINORITY, BY AGE GROUP MINORITY, BY AGE GROUP TOTAL POPULATION 2043 Age Under 18 2018 Age 18-‐29 2027 Age 30-‐44 2035 Age 45-‐64 2051 Age 65+ after 2060 Source: William H Frey, Brookings institution analysis of US Census Bureau population Source: William H Frey, Brookings institution analysis of US Census projections, released December 12, 2012 Bureau population projections, released December 12, 2012
Figure 2: New York City by ethnic population
Figure 3: The geographical segregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Streets highlighted for effect 17
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Plenary Speakers Dr. David Anderson is the founder and President of BridgeLeader Network. As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church (Columbia, MD), David reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of nearly 3,000 weekly attendees from over 42 different countries. He is the author of several books on race and diversity, including Letters Across the Divide, Multicultural Ministry, the award-winning Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, and I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You. Anderson is the host of a radio talk show, “Afternoons with Dr. David Anderson,” as heard in the Nation’s Capital, on WAVA (105.1 FM). Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor of The Village Church (Highland Village, TX). He describes his tenure at The Village as a replanting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. Matt is also involved in church planting efforts, locally and internationally, through The Village and various other strategic partnerships. Prior to his time at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years, speaking to hundreds of thousands of people about the glory of God and the beauty of Jesus. In 2012, he became the President of the Acts 29 Network. Noemi Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She co-pastors 7th Street Church in Long Beach together with her husband, Joshua. Noemi has a heart for Latinos, and is committed to equipping the next generation to lead and serve local churches and their communities. She is also a conference speaker, and serves on the leadership team for 30 under 40 in Long Beach, a program designed to enlist, equip, and establish current and future leaders in the city. Noemi and Joshua have two awesome boys. Eugene Cho is the founding and lead pastor of Quest Church (Seattle, WA), and the executive director of Q Cafe. He is also the founder of One Day’s Wages, a non-profit organization focused on global poverty. Born in South Korea, he immigrated to the U.S. at age six and grew up in San Francisco. He and his wife, Minhee, have been married more than fourteen years and have three children. Eugene and some of his work has been covered through various media including the New York Times, Seattle Times, and NPR. Dr. Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist that integrates psychological insights, biblical principles, and practical applications, to equip leaders – from head to heart to hands – to do the work of unity and reconciliation. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has published numerous scholarly articles and held academic appointments at the University of California, Westmont College, St. Catherine University and Bethel Seminary. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart.
Leonce Crump is the lead planter and pastor of Renovation Church (Atlanta, GA). In 2006 he felt called to plant a church, and through prayerful seeking of direction settled on the under-served area of downtown Atlanta. In early 2008, he and his wife moved to Atlanta from Tennessee to begin the process of church planting. In 2009, Leonce was assessed and approved as a member of the Acts 29 church-planting network. Renovation Church launched publicly on January 16, 2011, and has since baptized nearly eighty new Christians, and grown significantly. He serves on the board of the Acts 29 Network. Wilfredo “Choco” De Jesús is senior pastor of New Life Covenant Ministries, one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago, IL. He has a passion to save the lost, and is committed in providing necessary services to the community. Choco has been instrumental in the development of several communitybased programs including New Life Family Services, a not-for-profit agency located in the heart of the Humboldt Park Community. He is also the vice president of Social Justice for the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that serves 18,000 churches and close to 15 million born-again Christians. Dr. Mark DeYmaz planted Mosaic Church (Little Rock, AR) in 2001 where he remains the directional leader. In 2004 he co-founded the Mosaix Global Network and today serves as its president/CEO. Mark has written numerous books, including Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church, Leading a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church and, most recently, Living a Multi-ethnic Christian Life. He is an online editor for Outreach magazine, a contributing editor for Leadership Journal, and an opinion columnist for the Christian Post. In addition, Mark is an Adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell and at TEDS, teaching D Min. courses on multi-ethnic church leadership and community transformation. Naeem Fazal was born and raised as a Muslim in Kuwait. He came to the United States shortly after the first Gulf war (1990), and in 1992 had a supernatural experience with Christ that changed the course of his life. Naeem was ordained in 2001; and in 2006, with the help of Seacoast Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC), the ARC, and Mosaic (Los Angeles, CA), he planted Mosaic Church (Charlotte, NC). He has been featured in Relevant magazine, Outreach magazine, and Leadership Journal, as well as on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Naeem is the co-founder of Charlotte’s citywide outreach initiative, What If Everyone. Derwin Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church (Indian Land, SC), a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community that focuses on loving God completely (Upward), ourselves correctly (Inward), and our neighbors compassionately (Outward). In 2010 Transformation Church was named one of the fastest growing churches in America, by
percentage and number of participants, according to Outreach magazine. He is the author of Limitless Life: You Are Not Your Past When God Holds Your Future, and is recognized by many as the “Evangelism Linebacker.” Derwin also regularly posts strategic thoughts about Gospel-centered living and transformative leadership on his blog, Just Marinating. Beau Hughes is a campus pastor (Denton, TX) and an elder at The Village Church (Highland Village, TX). He has served in that capacity since the summer of 2007 when The Village planted its Denton Campus. In that same summer, Beau also married his best friend, Kimberly. Together they live in Denton, just a few blocks away from the Denton campus, and have three children. Over the past several years, Beau has intentionally led the Denton campus in transition toward becoming a healthy multi-ethnic church, and by God’s grace the campus has made tremendous progress in this regard. Heather Larson worked with the American Red Cross following college graduation. Soon after, she joined the staff at Willow Creek (South Barrington, IL) to live out her desire to see a community of believers truly engaged in the needs and issues of the world. While serving as Willow’s Director of Compassion and Justice, Heather helped to develop the church’s response to HIV/AIDS and their Africa initiative. More recently, she led the team to open a new Willow Creek Care Center. Now, as Willow’s executive pastor, Heather provides church-wide leadership with a focus on Compassion & Justice, Kids and Students, Family Initiatives, and the church’s Spanish service. Dr. Paul Louis Metzger is dedicated to integrating theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity. He is professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary (Portland, OR), where he also directs The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. Paul has been active in intercultural work in the U.S., Japan, and England, and is the author of numerous books including Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths; New Wine Tastings; and The Gospel of John. In addition, he serves as the editor of Cultural Encounters: a Journal for the Theology of Culture. Dr. John M. Perkins was born into poverty, the son of a Mississippi sharecropper. He fled to California at seventeen, vowing never to return, after the murder of his older brother by a town marshal. In 1960 he accepted Christ, and returned to his boyhood home to share the Gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings. In 1989, he founded the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. Today Dr. Perkins is president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development (Jackson, MS).
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is associate professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL). Prior to this, he planted and served as pastor at Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (Cambridge, MA), a multi-ethnic, urban, post-modern generation church. SoongChan serves on the boards of Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), World Vision, and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He has been published in Reconcilers magazine and Leadership Journal, and featured in Christianity Today. His books include The Next Evangelicalism, which was named one of the ten best books of the year (2009) by Leadership Journal, and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. Dudley Rutherford is the author of God Has an App for That!, and senior pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Church (Los Angeles, CA), which the mayor has called “…the most racially diverse church in Los Angeles.” In 2011, he served as president of the North American Christian Convention, and had the honor of speaking at the memorial service for UCLA legend, John Wooden. Dudley has filled in as a host on the Frank Pastore show (KKLA-FM), the most listened to Christian talk radio station in the United States. He is the founder of Dream of Destiny, a ministry designed to foster ethnic diversity within the Christian Church. Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who consults with churches, educational institutions, and other organizations, on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development. He was the founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, and president of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation (Minneapolis, MN). Most recently, he served as Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference (Evangelical Covenant Church). In October 2013, Efrem became the president/ CEO of World Impact, an urban mission organization committed to empowerment through church planting and indigenous leadership development. His books include Raising-up Young Heroes, The Hip Hop Church, and The Post-Black and Post-White Church. Dr. Ed Stetzer is the president of LifeWay Research. He has trained leaders on six continents, holds two masters and two doctorates, and written dozens of articles and books including his most recent book, Subversive Kingdom. Ed is frequently interviewed in outlets such as USA Today and CNN. In addition, he is the executive editor of The Gospel Project, used by over 500,000 individuals each week, and the executive editor of Facts & Trends, a Christian leadership magazine. Ed volunteers as the lead pastor of Grace Church, a congregation he planted in 2011, and serves as a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Southeastern Seminary. James E. Wafford III has been the minister of worship at Mosaic Church (Little Rock, AR) since 2005, when he became the church’s first person to hold this position. He was also the minister of music for the Central Arkansas Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (2005 - 2011). In 2008, one of his songs was accepted into the New Music Seminar, at the GMWA’s national
Plenary Speakers conference. In 2010, he joined with Mark DeYmaz in leading worship at the Exponential Conference (Orlando FL). James has led a cross-denominational, multi-ethnic worship team for city-wide prayer gatherings in Little Rock since 2011. Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. He is the president and founder of Sojourners, where he is editor-inchief of Sojourners magazine. His ten books include On God’s Side; Rediscovering Values; and The Great Awakening. Jim frequently appears as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and NPR; and his columns appear regularly in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Currently, he teaches a course on Faith, Social Justice, and Public Life at Georgetown University. Scott Williams is an author, speaker, ideapreneur, international consultant, and former campus pastor at LifeChurch. tv (Oklahoma City, OK). He serves as the CSO for Nxt Level Solutions, a strategy firm he founded that works with some of the largest churches, nonprofits, and Fortune 100 companies. Scott is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com, and believes in leveraging social media for kingdom impact. He was named one of the Top Five Christian Leaders To Follow on Twitter. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth, and diversity. He is the author of Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week, and Go Big – Take Your Life From Ordinary To Extraordinary.
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To Date ... • 2001 – Publication of the book, Divided By Faith, marks the end of the Forerunner Stage and the beginning of the Pioneer Stage of the Multi-ethnic Church Movement. At this time, 7.5 percent of churches across the country have at least 20 percent diversity in their attending membership. • 2003 – George Yancey and Mark DeYmaz meet in Indianapolis, IN. They agree to form a relational network to surface and connect pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders interested in multi-ethnic local church ministry. • 2004 – Under the name Mosaix, George and Mark host the first local multi-ethnic church conference in Dallas, TX. Approximately thirty people attend including the church secretary, sound tech, and pizza deliveryman. • 2005 – In April, George and Mark speak at the Ethnic America Conference in Dallas, TX, and are featured in the April issue of Christianity Today, the cover of which reads, All Churches Should Be Multiracial. In November, Mosaix hosts a second local conference in Dallas, TX; this time, 100 people attend. • 2006 – 2008 – Jim Spoonts raises financial support to become Mosaix’ first executive director. Under Jim’s leadership Mosaix hosts several retreats and local conferences throughout the country, and becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit. An initial mission, vision, and developmental strategy for the network take shape. Among other things, Mosaix promotes a 2020 Vision, the goal of seeing 20 percent of churches 20 percent diverse by the year 2020. • 2009 – In the aftermath of the recession, Jim’s financial support dwindles and he resigns. Mark is asked to become Mosaix’ next executive director. After consulting nearly thirty leaders from around the country, and with support from his own church in Little Rock, he agrees and goes to work on a national conference. • 2010 – Mosaix hosts the 1st National Multi-ethnic Church Conference in San Diego, CA., where 400 people from thirty-one states and three foreign countries attend. Main sessions are live-streamed over the Internet and viewed by nearly 500 people over two days in fourteen countries. Mark’s column promoting the multi-ethnic vision, Ethnic Blends, begins a three-year run in Outreach Magazine. Many believe this conference marks the mid-way point of the Pioneer Stage of the Movement. 24
• 2011 – 2012 – Mosaix returns to grassroots organizing by creating web-based resources, publishing its first eBook, hosting two national retreats in the United States, and a national conference in Sydney, Australia. In partnership with Mosaix, Leadership Network launches a two-year learning community focused on the multi-ethnic church involving twelve churches and thirty leaders. Individuals and local churches across the country begin to financially support the efforts of Mosaix. • 2013 – The year is spent organizing the 2nd National Multi-ethnic Church Conference, November 5-6, in Long Beach, CA. By this time, 13.7 percent of churches across the country (14.4 percent of Evangelical churches) have at least 20 percent diversity in their attending membership.
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What’s Next ... • 2014 – 2015 – Mosaix Leadership Institute* launches in cities and churches across the country to equip ministry leaders for multi-ethnic church planting, growth and development. New programs include the following:
5. Summer Internships Spend one to three months serving in a healthy multiethnic church as part of your collegiate or seminary training, in advance of planting, or in preparing to pastor a multi-ethnic church. 6. Year-long Church Planting Residencies Spend nine to twelve months serving in a healthy multiethnic church in advance of planting, or in preparing to pastor, a multi-ethnic church. 7. Coaching Connect with a qualified, competent, coach - as a multiethnic church planter or pastor - for a period of three, six or twelve months. 8. Consulting Bring a qualified, competent, consultant to your church, network, denomination, or organization in order to pursue transition from homogeneity to healthy multi-ethnic environment.
1. City Cohorts Gather regularly (monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly) with other multi-ethnic church leaders for lunch and discussion focused on encouraging, equipping, and enlisting others to the cause. 2. Online Hangouts Join us each month for a one hour live chat with some of the most prominent leaders in the Movement today. They’ll take your questions, speak to best practices, and otherwise encourage your pursuit of the multi-ethnic vision for the sake of the Gospel. 3. Two-day Intensives Gather with others from a particular region for two-days of specialized training. Intensives will be offered for those interested in multi-ethnic church planting; b) multi-ethnic church leadership; c) homogeneous church transition; and • 2016 – 3rd National Multi-ethnic Church Conference d) community transformation. • 2020 – Since 2006 Mosaix has championed the vision of seeing 20 percent of churches across the country achieve 4. Three-day Immersions 20 percent diversity in their attending membership by Spend three days at a healthy multi-ethnic church. Meet the year 2020. This tipping point will usher in the Early with leadership, experience worship, observe programs Adopter Stage of the Movement. Increasingly, this vision and planning, have your specific questions addressed, and seems not only possible, but probable! more. The Multi-ethnic Church Conference
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The Time is Now … Let’s Do It! Think of other Evangelical movement leading networks of which you are a part or otherwise aware. In almost every case, these networks have full-and/or part-time staff people to help advance their mission supported financially by active members who believe in the cause. To date, however, Mosaix has been led by volunteers on a shoestring budget provided by a handful of local churches and individuals who are connected relationally, and graciously support the network monthly. With this in mind, consider this conference; one their efforts have produced: • the amazing number of individuals and sponsoring organizations here engaged; • over sixty credible leaders sharing proven, experiential knowledge; • the new relationships and partnerships you will surely form; • the growing pool of resources we are capturing; • the national media who have come to tell our story. These things and more suggest it’s time for us, as a movement, to more strategically organize in order to meet both current and coming demands for the sake of the Gospel. Yes, five years ago – even three years ago – we were still trying to convince people of the biblical nature of our vision. Today, however, numbers are up; receptivity is up; and a growing number of church planters and practitioners are fully engaged, and looking for connection, resources, and training, at one level or another.
specialists (wearing red t-shirts) are here at the conference to help you do so, or to answer any further questions. In fact if you become a member at the conference, we’ll give you an additional benefit: a $20 gift coupon to use here at the Mosaix Resource Center! If you Therefore we are asking you to become an active, prefer, sign-up online (www.mosaix.info/membershipfinancially contributing member of Mosaix before you benefits) and then connect with a membership specialist leave the conference or soon after, by the end of the year. to receive your $20 gift coupon today! Only in partnership with you can Mosaix deliver the help, resources, opportunities, and services that are needed More than this, however, we hope that your financial both now and in the next few years, until, we gather again investment comes from the heart, and that you’ll feel as in 2016. Only by generating a new wave of sustainable privileged as we do to be part of this common cause and income can we begin to hire individuals who will get collective voice. Thanks in advance for your considerations, up every day to serve you, the country, and advance the involvement as one with us, and support of the network cause! for the sake of the Gospel! Please take a moment to review membership options Dr. Rod Cooper and Dana Baker on the next page, choose the plan that’s right for you, and (on behalf of the Board) sign-up today to receive immediate benefits. Membership Mosaix Global Network
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Choose a plan that fits your need, budget, and passion! 1. Individual Membership ($15 a month) A. Free Mosaix Starter Pack1 B. 15% discount on purchases at www.mosaixresources. com powered by My Healthy Church C. 15% discount on an individual ticket for all Mosaix events including national conferencing, two-day intensives, three-day immersions, and more D. 15% discount on any individual coaching package E. Individual access to Mosaix’ Facebook private group where you can directly connect in real time to everyone in the network F. Free one hour individual coaching consultation 2. Local Church Membership ($50 - $300 a month) A. Free Mosaix Starter Pack1 B. Free Mosaix Local Church Pack2 C. Up to three (3) free tickets annually to any Mosaix event including national conferences, two-day intensives, three-day immersions, and more3 D. Listing of your church (logo/link) on Mosaix’ website with pastor’s name linked to an email, Facebook or Twitter account E. Listing of your church (logo/link) in Mosaix App F. Rights to use the Mosaix logo on your church’s website to show your affiliation with the network G. 20% discount on purchases at www.mosaixresources. com powered by My Healthy Church H. 20% discount on individual or group tickets for all Mosaix events including national conferences, twoday intensives, three-day immersions, and more I. 20% discount on any individual or group coaching package J. Access for pastoral staff to Mosaix’ Facebook private group where they can directly connect in real time to everyone in the network K. Free one hour individual or group coaching consultation
3. Organizational Membership ($3,000 - $5,000 annually) A. Free Mosaix Starter Pack1 B. Free Mosaix Local Church Pack2 C. Automatic Gold Level sponsorship package to use for any Mosaix event including national conferences, twoday intensives, three-day immersions, and more D. Three (3) free tickets annually to any Mosaix event including national conferences, two-day intensives, three-day immersions, and more E. Listing of your organization’s (logo/link) on Mosaix’ website with a representative’s name linked to an email, Facebook or Twitter account F. Listing of your organization (logo/link) in Mosaix App G. Rights to use the Mosaix logo on your church’s website to show your affiliation with the network H. 25% discount on purchases at www.mosaixresources. com powered by My Healthy Church I. 25% discount on individual or group tickets for all Mosaix events including national conferences, twoday intensives, three-day immersions, and more J. 25% discount on any individual or group coaching package K. Access for organizational staff to Mosaix’ Facebook private group where they can directly connect in real time to everyone in the network L. Free half-day organizational consultation (online) w/ VIP2 (www.myvip2.com) Includes Divided By Faith, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church, The Multi-ethnic Christian Life Primer, access to Mosaix’ monthly online hangout, and one other book of your choice from www. mosaixresources.com. 2 Includes Leading a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church, Many Colors, Should Pastors Accept or Reject the Homogeneous Unit Principle?, and two other books of your choice from www.mosaixresources.com 3 One (1) free ticket for $50 a month membership; two (2) free tickets for $100 - $200 a month membership; three (3) free tickets for $300 a month membership 1
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Workshop Leaders Dr. Larry Acosta is the founder/CEO of the Hispanic Ministry Center, Urban Youth Workers Institute. His passion is to shape an emerging generation of urban leadership for transformational ministry. Toward that end, UYWI exists to strengthen a new generation of global leaders, and its staff, resources, and program offerings, and equip frontline youth workers. Larry’s claim to fame is that he is married to his lovely wife, Jayme, and they have four wonderful children. Robyn Afrik is a national speaker, consultant, and strategist on issues surrounding reconciliation/diversity, adoption, multicultural families, and identity formation. Robyn speaks from the heart of a Korean adoptee raising a multicultural family, and shares her own unique personal story to inspire, teach, and challenge those called to issues of social change. She is secretly passionate about bridge building at a ground level. Robyn is married with three children and makes her home in Holland, MI. Gail Song Bantum is the worship and executive pastor at Quest Church (Seattle, WA). Her passion is to call people, groups, and organizations to become all that God has destined them to be through the lens of identity, leadership, and worship. She speaks frequently on leadership development in diverse contexts. As a second-generation Korean-American woman married interracially and raising multi-ethnic children, Gail’s life story continues to profoundly inform and contribute to her ministry. David M. Bailey has spent the past decade using music as a tool in the reconciliation process. He is an active worship leader and presenter at national and international conferences. His specialties are leading multi-cultural worship and equipping Christian communities with the tools needed to connect diverse people and cultures. David is an active music producer of various musical genres and the author of Arrabon: Learning Reconciliation through Community and Worship Music. Dana Baker is the pastor of Multicultural Ministries, Church Partnership, and Prayer at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA), and a board member of Mosaix Global Network. She has served on the pastoral staff at Grace since 2000, and was involved in urban ministry before taking on her present responsibilities. Since 2005, Dana has led a multicultural church initiative that she established to intentionally respond to the growing multi-ethnic population of Grace Chapel and the New England region. Chris Beard serves as the lead pastor of Peoples Church (Cincinnati, OH) where he has been part of the ministry staff for twenty-one years. Peoples Church is located in the heart of Cincinnati. Its vision is to be a racially reconciled, generationally rich, life-giving, church thriving in the heart of the city. Peo-
ples Church is a one hundred and seven years young congregation, and has joyfully assisted in planting fifteen churches over the past fifteen years. Tim Celek has served as the lead and founding Pastor of The Crossing (Costa Mesa, CA) for twenty-five years. He planted the church in the fall of 1988, when the city was 87 percent white and approximately 10 percent Hispanic. Today Costa Mesa is 52 percent white and 36 percent Hispanic, and Tim is leading his church in response. Tim recently celebrated thirty-four years of marriage to Sue, and they have two daughters. He enjoys riding his Harley, pleasure sailing, and sailboat racing. Dr. Ray Chang is originally from Southern California. He has extensive ministry experience in second generation Korean American and multi-ethnic ministries. In 1997, Ray planted Ambassador Bible Church, a multi-ethnic church, in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. In 2000, he moved back to Southern California to become the outreach pastor at EV Free in Fullerton. In 2003, Ray planted his second church, Ambassador Church, in Brea, CA. He currently leads the Ambassador Network, a multi-ethnic churchplanting network. Josh Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Throughout his music career Josh has worked as a songwriter, producer and singer. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and has worked with many industry music labels, TV shows and traveled with Promise Keepers and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades. Entwined with Joshua’s love of music is his love for God’s kingdom. In 2007, he church planted and is currently pastoring alongside his wife, 7th Street Church in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Derek Chinn is director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Distance Education at Multnomah University (Portland, OR). In addition, he is a teaching elder at Common Ground Church (Beaverton, OR), a multiracial congregation of faith. Derek has written about one approach to creating a multiracial church in his book, 1+1=1: Creating a Multiracial Church from Single Race Congregations. Dr. Rod Cooper is a professor of Discipleship and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell (Charlotte campus), and a board member of Mosaix Global Network. He was the national director of Promise Keepers (1995-1997), and was the first president of the College of Biblical Studies, (Houston, TX). Rod has served as chaplain for the Houston Oilers and the Houston Astros, and is the author of numerous books including, Commentary on the Book of Mark, Shoulder to Shoulder: The Journey from Isolation to Brotherhood, and Double Bind: Escaping the Contradictory Demands of Manhood.
Workshop Leaders Rob Daniels is the executive pastor of Westbrook Christian Church (Bolingbrook, IL), a vibrant multiethnic church near Chicago. Growing up in an ethnically diverse community, and having a multi-ethnic family, has shaped his perspective on issues related to race and ethnicity. Four staff experiences, including one in Canada, have equipped him with practical insight on leadership issues affecting the local church. Rob has twice served as a member of the executive board for the North American Christian Convention (2003, 2010). Josh Davis is a multi-ethnic worship leader, clinician, songwriter, ordained minister, and music missionary. He served as a missionary to the Dominican Republic before founding Proskuneo Ministries, a ministry that exists to bring nations together in worship on earth as it is in heaven. Josh lives with his wife and four children in Clarkston, GA where over sixty languages are spoken in a 1.5 square mile radius. Linda DeYmaz is a wife, mother, and author of two books, including Mommy, Please Don’t Cry, a 2004 Retailer’s Choice Nominee and seminal work on child loss with more than 100,000 copies sold to date. In 2001, she planted the Mosaic Church (Little Rock, AR) together with her husband, Mark, and co-leads Soul Sisters, Mosaic’s ministry to women. In 2006, she started Linda DeYmaz Interiors, Inc., through which she provides professional custom design services to personal and corporate clients. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung is professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He is an author and editor of ten books including, Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism; Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible’s Message in An Age of Diversity, and United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race. Elizabeth Drury studies the cross-cultural dynamics that help or hinder effective multi-ethnic ministry. Before serving for seventeen years in three multiethnic, multi-congregational churches, she lived overseas, and helped to train hundreds of missionaries. She is completing a Ph.D. in intercultural education at Biola University, and has published research on multi-ethnic church leadership. Elizabeth speaks, writes, and teaches a seminary course about the cultural contexts of ministry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her husband and four sons. Chuck Eastman is the Student Ministries and Young Adults pastor at Mosaic Church (Little Rock, AR). A passionate communicator, Chuck is convinced of the need to disciple young men and women to grow in their walk with Jesus. His effective ministry with church-based students, inner city gang members, and 30
local schools, provides a proven witness and effective model for other leaders seeking to impact both urban and suburban young people. Maria Garriott and her husband, Craig, moved into a low-income, urban neighborhood in Baltimore, MD, in 1981 to plant Faith Christian Fellowship, a multiethnic church committed to community transformation. According to Lynne Hybels, Maria’s memoir, A Thousand Resurrections “…capture(s) the brokenness and healing, the grief, and joy, that lie(s) at the heart of every true story of personal or community transformation.” Maria’s poetry and essays have appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Century, and Urban Mission Journal. Kevin Haah and his wife, Grace, planted New City Church in 2008, an inclusive gospel-centered community in downtown Los Angeles, CA, where he is currently the lead pastor. Since then, New City has grown into a vibrant, multi-ethnic, multi-socio-economic, community of faith. Kevin is a church planting coach with Stadia and is currently teaching a class on church planting at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jason Janz lives with his wife, Jen, and their four boys in the inner city of Denver, CO, where he serves as the executive director of the Friends of Cole Foundation, a non-profit that serves a low-income school; the CEO of Upstream Impact, a poverty elimination program; and as the elder of Teaching and Vision at Providence Bible Church, a multi-ethnic church plant in downtown Denver. His burdens include working with the poor, developing leadership, and missional living. Lans Jones responded to God’s call to vocational ministry, after teaching for several years, by enrolling in seminary and completing a Master’s of Arts degree in Christian Ethics. Lans is excited to serve as the small groups and discipleship pastor at Crossover Church (Tampa, FL), where he also coordinates Crossover’s Roots Groups. Lans and his wife Kelly enjoy attending the sports and plays in which their seven wonderful children participate. Tony Kim was a part of planting Fellowship Memphis Church (Memphis, TN) in 2002 where he developed his passion for diversity and the potential of multicultural communities. He then joined Newsong, a multi-ethnic church in Irvine, CA, as the creative arts pastor, and eventually became its executive pastor. In 2012, Tony joined the Slingshot Group as a consultant to help staff and coach emerging multicultural churches. He serves, too, as the communications pastor at Mariners Church (Irvine, CA). Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen is the lead pastor at Crossover Church (Tampa, FL) where he annually hosts the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference and publishes S.O.U.LMAG. Outreach magazine listed Cross-
over as one of the most innovative churches in America due to its use of the arts to engage multi-ethnic urban culture. Tommy is also a Hip-Hop artist, and leads the Urban Coaching Network. He has authored two books, Un.orthodox and Next. His book and album Rebuid will be released in 2014. Dr. Ed Lee began ministering to Asian Americans in 1977 in a Chinese church. In 1996, he committed to becoming more intentional in relating to all people, promoting unity, and racial reconciliation. That same year, he planted a multi-ethnic church in Missouri City, a Houston suburb. Today, Ed leads Mosaic Community Covenant Church (Sugar Land, TX), planted in 2006 in partnership with the Evangelical Covenant Church. The church is distinguished in its promotion of racial righteousness. Mike Leonzo is the lead pastor of Living Water Community Church (Harrisburg, PA). Living Water is a multi-ethnic, economically diverse congregation of people from over twenty-five different nations. In 2001, prior to starting Living Water, he spent eleven years working for a large multinational electronics manufacturer where he held various managerial positions. Mike is a founding member of the Mosaix Global Network and serves on its Executive Board. Nikki Lerner serves as the Worship Ministry director at Bridgeway Community Church (Columbia, MD). In addition, Nikki provides extensive mentoring for pastors and worship leaders around the country. A contributing author to the book Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Creatively Connecting to a Diverse World, Nikki works as a consultant for BridgeLeader Network, assisting organizations in navigating racial reconciliation and matters of diversity. She speaks at conferences on the issues of multicultural leadership, team building, vocal training and relationship building. Dr. Harry Li is a campus pastor at Mosaic Church (Little Rock, AR). He joined Mosaic in the fall of 2002, and is the co-author of the book, Leading a Healthy Multiethnic Church (formerly Ethnic Blends). Prior to becoming a pastor, Harry was an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho (Moscow) where he taught for ten years. He has a passion for prayer, and helps lead the Nehemiah Network, and pastorâ€™s prayer movement, in Central Arkansas. Jorge Lockward serves as Global Praise Program coordinator for the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. He is passionate about the call, joy, and process of both building and nurturing multicultural worship communities. Jorge is the editor of several global music collections, and leads workshops on multicultural worship around the country and abroad. He is a founding member of New Day UMC, a progressive multicultural church community in the northwest Bronx.
Art Lucero is the founder and editor of Unity In Christ magazine, an online quarterly publication that deals with all topics concerning multi-ethnic, multicultural ministry. Art is also the lead campus pastor of one of Sunrise Churchâ€™s five campuses in Victorville, CA. The campus began with four couples that gathered a group of thirty-eight individuals to plant a congregation today that is heavily multi-ethnic and offers services in Spanish. Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Mandes is the director of Hispanic Ministries for the Evangelical Free Church of America, and the executive director of Immigrant Hope. In these roles, he is helping the EFCA to become a home for this growing community by remaining Gospel focused (Great Commission), identifying needs of the community (Great Commandment), and developing pathways for leadership development (Great Community). Alex has planted three churches, and helps to equip church planters and churches for multi-ethnic ministry. Mont Mitchell is the lead minister of Westbrook Christian Church (Bolingbrook, IL). In 1996, he and his family planted Westbrook, a multicultural church committed to reaching people of all ethnicities, and planting church planting churches. Mont has served on the board of directors of Double Vision, and as the president of the National New Church Conference (Exponential, 2002). Currently he serves on the Executive Board of Mosaix Global Network, and works as a church planting coach with Stadia. Randy Nabors is the Urban & Mercy coordinator for Mission to North America (PCA), and the coordinator for the New City Network, a coalition of urban, cross-cultural congregations that pursue the poor. Formerly, Randy served for thirty-six years as the senior pastor of New City Fellowship (Chattanooga, TN). In addition, he has served as a missionary, and a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain. Randy, and his wife, Joan, have four children and four grandchildren. Dave T. Olson is director of the American Church Research Project and a church- planting leader in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He has served as a pastor, church planter, and supervised churches in Minnesota, Florida, and California. His book, The American Church in Crisis, provides groundbreaking research based on a national database of over 200,000 churches revealing that population growth in the U.S. far outpaces the churchâ€™s rate of growth. His next book, Discover Your Leadership Style, releases in 2014.
Workshop Leaders Juan Peña emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia as a Spanish speaking fourteen-year-old. In 2008, he moved to Denver, CO, to be part of the elder team at Providence Bible Church, a multi-ethnic church plant. He is a founding board member of University Preparatory School, and the CPO for Upstream Impact, a high-impact poverty elimination program. In addition, Juan is the executive director of the Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development, a two-year fellowship program for emerging church leaders. Kyle Ray is the lead pastor at Kentwood Community Church (Kentwood, MI.) KCC is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and economically diverse congregation just outside of Grand Rapids, MI. KCC was originally planted by Dr. Wayne Schmidt who, together with Kyle, would many years later transition the healthy but otherwise homogeneous church into a multi-ethnic community of faith. Today at KCC, some three thousand men and women of diverse background worship, serve, and experience life together. Tymme Reitz worked in the dance industry with artists such as Madonna, Will Smith, and Backstreet Boys. Shortly after, he surrendered his heart to Christ and vowed to use dance to build God’s kingdom. Together with his wife, Aury, he launched Word In Motion, a ministry designed to develop a nation of dancers for Christ. In 2005 Tymme and Aury were ordained, and soon after pioneered The Underground Church to impact the urban and artistic culture in North Hollywood, CA. Alex Rivero is currently the pastor of Nueva Vida, a very diverse multi-national Hispanic congregation at the Bridge Evangelical Free Church in Southern California. He also serves as the EFCA West District Hispanic co-director and the regional coordinator for the Bible Training Centre for Pastors. Alex is a native of Venezuela, and earned a Master’s in Divinity from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. He lives in Newbury Park, California, with his wife, Nancy, and their three teenage children. Samuel Rodriguez has served in the United Methodist Church for the past fourteen years. He presently serves as the director of Hispanic/Latino New Church Starts via Path1, a ministry of the UMC’s General Board of Discipleship. He has led multiple workshops guiding local churches to engage, invite, and serve with their Hispanic/Latino community. Samuel holds an M.A. in Christian Service from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. Alvin Sanders is developing Christian leaders to serve a majority-minority America. He consults with churches and other Christian organizations for strategic diversity planning. A turning point in his life was planting and serving as pastor at River 32
of Life Church (Cincinnati, OH), in the midst of civil unrest over the shooting death of an African American teenager by a white police officer. He presently serves in senior leadership for the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dr. Wayne Schmidt helped plant Kentwood Community Church (Kentwood, MI) in 1979, and became its senior pastor in 1981. Over the years KCC developed into one of the flagship churches in the Wesleyan denomination, becoming increasingly multi-ethnic as it reached the growing diversity of greater Grand Rapids. Wayne has addressed churches and conferences around the globe, and in nearly every district of The Wesleyan Church. In January of 2010, he became the first vice-president for the newly formed Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Jonathan Seda is the senior pastor at Grace Church (Dover, DE), where he has served in this capacity since 1983. He currently serves on the boards of Covenant Seminary, Young Life, and the Mosaix Global Network. Jonathan’s passion is for multi-ethnic, cross-cultural worship and ministry not only at Grace Church, but also throughout his denomination (PCA) and beyond. He and his wife, Dale, have been married since 1975. They have four children and six grandchildren. Dr. David Stevens is senior pastor of Central Bible Church (Portland, OR) where men and women from some sixteen nations currently worship as one. David’s vision for multi-ethnic ministry was birthed during his fifteen years as a missionary/pastor in France. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and of the Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique near Paris, France. He is the author of God’s New Humanity: A Biblical Theology of Multiethnicity for the Church. Albert Tate is on the Advisory Council at the Fuller Youth Institute and on the Board of Directors at Forest Home Ministries. He is a twelve-year ministry veteran who has taught and served in a variety of strategic pastoral leadership positions. His love for the Gospel, and for God’s people, moved him to embrace the adventure of church planting by launching Fellowship Monrovia (Monrovia, CA) in the fall of 2011. Albert and his wife, LaRosa, have three children. John Teter is the son of Korean and Dutch parents. Raised in a non-religious home, Jesus captured John’s heart through an evangelistic Bible study at UCLA. Later, he served for twelve years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In 2007, John planted Fountain of Life Covenant Church (Long Beach, CA). He also serves as the evangelism team leader for the Evangelical Covenant Church. John wrote the book, Get the Word Out, and co-authored, Jesus & the Hip Hop Prophets.
Eric Vasquez, together with his wife, Patty, and their three children live in the City of Pomona, CA. Eric serves in a dual role: as senior pastor, and as youth pastor, at Rock of Faith Christian Fellowship. He is passionate about sharing the Gospel in his city, and deeply engaged in serving the community through campus and compassion work. He and his family have dedicated the past eight years to impact urban families with the hope of Jesus Christ. Larry Walkemeyer is a farm boy from Kansas called to urban Long Beach. In 1991, he began serving in a small, all White, Free Methodist church (Light & Life) where he continues to pastor today. Since then, the church has become a large multi-site, multi-ethnic congregation It has planted eighteen churches nationally, and many more globally. Larry was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Graduates in the history of Azusa Pacific University, and co-authored the book, 15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors. Frank Wooden is a graduate of Bethany Bible College, and the director of Church Multiplication for the SoCal Assemblies of God. In addition, Frank has served as the lead pastor for San Diego Hope Church (San Diego, CA) for more than twenty years. Under his leadership, Hope Church has planted new campuses and become multi-site. Frank also serves as a chaplain for the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services.
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by Alejandro Mandes, D.Min.
We Must Go Through
arlier this year, I had the privilege to deliver one of the keynote messages at a mission’s conference. In preparation to do so, the Lord laid it upon my heart to use this message to declare a new mission field. Indeed, until then, there were five continents to which my denominational tribe (EFCA) had sent missionaries. On that day, however, I declared North America to be the sixth mission field. And since I was speaking to missiologists, I put it in terms they could understand: We must go through SAMERICA. If you added up all the first generation immigrants in America today, they would constitute the 28th largest country in the world. I call this mission field SAMERICA. Metaphorically speaking, this is what happens when Samaritans will not stay put, but come in mass to America: Samaria + America = SAMERICA. For us, the term could also include the lost and marginalized in this country that likewise and desperately need to know the love of Christ. Therefore, my appeal to these pastors and missionaries was based on the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. At the time I felt the message was well received. But one week later, a letter arrived asking questions. The first question it asked was, Are you legal? Another question asked if I worked for President Obama! Perhaps you can imagine how wounded I was to be so misunderstood and misinterpreted in my passion and motives. How could this person have missed the whole point of my message? Rather than respond in writing, God led me to set up a phone call with this brother. I invited another observer to join us, as well. From the discussion, I learned that this brother had quit listening to my message as soon as I suggested we reach out to all immigrants. Sadly, in the moment, his mind turned to questions of legality causing him to miss my broader comments about the opportunity and responsibil34
ity we have to reach out to them with the Gospel. Nor did he hear me say, as I did and believe, that any ministry to the undocumented must be within the bounds and rule of law. Thankfully, by the end of the call, we were once again on the same page. Since I can’t call everybody, let me give you four reasons why we must open our eyes to SAMERICA and seek intentionally to reach immigrants among us with the hope of the Gospel: 1. Their population is growing. Asians are actually the fastest growing group by percentage even if they are far fewer in total numbers compared to Hispanics. A key demographic stat is that the Hispanic population…accounted for most of the nation’s total growth—56 per-
cent—from 2000 to 2010. Because of this, my next comments will focus on them. 2. They are open to the Gospel. Hispanics are extremely open to the Gospel because, as a people group, they are very sensitive to spiritual things. According to the Hispanic Churches in American Public Life national survey, the 1st generation of Latino immigrants is 74 percent Catholic, and 15 percent Protestant. The 2nd generation is 20 percent Protestant. The third generation is 29 percent Protestant. 3. Hispanics are innately multi-ethnic. Through the years, the Hispanic population has intermingled with whites, Blacks, Native Americans, and Asians who migrated to Latin America after WWII. In addition, the population is multi-national comprised of people from
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Central and South American countries. 4. The “Tipping-Point”. In 2003 the census bureau said that by 2050, America would be majority-minority. This year that number was amended to 2043. However already 17 of the largest 20 cities are majority-minority. Four states including the two largest states are already majority-minority with four other states to transition this decade. In my view, to ignore the immigrant presence among us is to self-inflict a wound to the Church by applying the Great Commission in a selective manner. It would be equivalent in my mind to the Hebraic Jews overlooking the Hellenistic Jewish widows in the daily distribution of food (Acts 6). Fortunately, church leaders in Jerusalem self-corrected; and so we should today. Indeed, it was Paul’s gospel of Gentile inclusion that propelled the message of the Christ forward, and lit the flame for worldwide missions out of Antioch. Make no mistake: immigrants are turning to the Lord! But it is the established local church, I fear, that may miss the blessing of God if it does not soon, and more passionately, embrace SAMERICA. Thankfully, there are increasing numbers of churches and ministries doing this with open arms. Still, there are far too many others being persuaded by ethno-centric rhetoric and the politics of alarmist media outlets. I encourage such churches to turn off the T.V. and tune into the biblical commandment to love others, indeed our neighbors, irrespective of borders. Therefore, compañeros, we must go through SAMERICA, the mission field right outside our doors. Yes, we have already been commissioned to reach them for Christ, no different than any other peoples of the world. In this case, however, and by the sovereignty of God, we won’t need to cross an ocean to do so: the people of SAMERICA are right across the street! _________________________ 1 www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/ archives/population/cb13-112.html 2 www.pewhispanic.org/2011/03/24/ hispanics-account-for-more-than-half-ofnations-growth-in-past-decade/ 3 www.nhclc.org/news/latino-religionus-demographic-shifts-and-trend 4 http://thinkprogress.org/ election/2013/05/08/1978221/when-willyour-state-become-majority-minority/
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“Those who study trends tell us that by the year 2050, the minorities of today will be the majority. In an increasingly diverse world, the need for multi-ethnic, multi-generational and multi-denominational church leaders is growing. We’re committed to equipping people like you to not only be prepared to stand in the gap, but to also seize the moment for Christ and his Kingdom.” Dr. Rodney Cooper Kenneth and Jean Hansen Professor of Discipleship and Leadership Development
Track 1 - Biblical Theology
Track 3 - Homogeneous Church Transition
Reconciliation and the Mystery of the Gospel Jonathan Seda Tuesday, 10:45a This workshop will present the Biblical argument for understanding racial reconciliation as integral to the Gospel by unpacking Paul’s teaching concerning the mystery of the Gospel and focusing primarily on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
From Historically Homogeneous to Authentically Multi-ethnic Wayne Schmidt Tuesday, 10:45a Come learn from the story of Kentwood Community Church and its continuing journey to reflect heaven on earth in a changing community. Wayne will share transferrable principles and best practices to help with transition in your own context.
How Exclusive People Become the Inclusive People of God Randy Nabors Tuesday, 1:30p God called Israel to come out from among them and be separate. Sadly, this gave the nation a sense of superiority and led to ethno-centrism. Come learn why we should and how we can avoid ethno-centrism today. The Biblical Strategy for Oneness and Reconciliation Ed Lee Wednesday, 10:45a This workshop will focus on biblical foundations for oneness and reconciliation through the cultivation of a new, Christ-centered, cultural identity. Come gain practical suggestions for living in a multi-ethnic Christian community via the local church.
Our Story of Transition Beau Hughes Tuesday, 1:30p Over the last six years, The Village Church in Denton, TX, has attempted to honor God in taking steps toward becoming a healthy multi-ethnic congregation. Come hear of one church’s journey and movement away from homogeneity to diversity. Listening Well to Diverse Voices Dana Baker Wednesday, 10:45a Grace Chapel’s transition from mono- to multicultural church required leaning how to listen well to diverse people and creating environments where even quiet voices can be heard. Come learn from Dana’s experience in helping to lead the way.
Beyond Diversity: the Trans-cultural Narrative of Scripture Leonce Crump Wednesday, 1:30p The trans-cultural nature of God’s people is evident in both the Old and New Testaments. Is it so evident today? Come learn why the local church must be a trans-cultural community for the sake of the Gospel. Track 2 - Multi-ethnic Church Planting 72: Evangelism in the City John Teter Tuesday, 10:45a We all want church members to engage in the hard work of evangelism and making disciples. But how practically can we call, train, and send them to do so? In this workshop, John will provide insights and resources. The Cost of Diversity Naeem Fazal Tuesday, 1:30p This workshop provides a candid conversation about the cost of creating a diverse faith community. Naeem will also explore how to break barriers and build bridges in order to reach people who are not like us. Five Reasons to Plant a Multi-ethnic Church Frank Wooden Wednesday, 10:45a The best way to reach un-churched people is by planting churches that look like the diverse communities in which we live. This workshop will help you see church planting as fulfilling God’s commission to go…make disciples of all nations. Planting Multi-ethnic Churches in an Asian American Context Ray Chang Wednesday, 1:30p Rather than one homogenous group, Asian Americans are composed of various heterogeneous cultures. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to effectively plant churches with Asian Americans and have a vision for the multi-ethnic church at the same time.
Our Story in Transition Tim Celek Wednesday, 1:30p Tim says, “We don’t have it all figured out, but we are moving forward anyway!” In this workshop, he’ll share the frustrations, joys, struggles, and successes of leading a church out of homogeneity into ethnic, economic, and generational diversity. Track 4 – Community Engagement Eight Components of Christian Community Development John M. Perkins Tuesday, 10:45a In this workshop, Dr. Perkins shares what he has learned from more than fifty years of community engagement. He’ll describe how a whole people in a whole church can take the whole Gospel on a whole mission to the whole world. Tearing Down the Walls Heather Larson Tuesday, 1:30p In this session Heather will describe the journey of Willow Creek Community Church’s transition to greater diversity, and explain why the church recently tore down walls (literally) in order to bring its Care Center onto the main campus. Boundary Ambiguities in Mercy Ministry Maria Garriott Wednesday, 10:45a How do you establish healthy boundaries for yourself and your family in the midst of the demands of urban, mercy, and multi-ethnic ministry? Examine the root issues that complicate things, and learn strategies to understand and set healthy boundaries. Owning the Pond Together Paul Louis Metzger Wednesday, 1:30p Community transformation involves redistribution of relational need, responsibility, and resources. This workshop will address race and class tensions bound up with the myth of scarcity that impact churches negatively today, and how to get beyond this for Kingdom impact in the communities we serve.
Track 5 - Sociological Insights
Track 7 - Overcoming the Racial Divide
Ten Years After United By Faith: New Insights Curtiss Paul DeYoung Tuesday, 10:45a In this workshop, key findings from the book, United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race, will be identified. Following this, insights and correctives from the ten years since its publication will be shared.
Letting Go of White Jesus Kyle Ray Tuesday, 10:45a What do pictures on the walls say to people in the pews? In this workshop, Kyle will explore the origins of the traditional images of Jesus and share the story of one multi-ethnic congregation that chose to stop using them.
Uncovering the Hidden Processes which Fuel Divisions Christena Cleveland Tuesday, 1:30p Come learn why cultural divisions exist, why we tend to gravitate toward others like us, and to view diverse others in overly simplistic terms. Christena will provide practical tools for overcoming the challenges of unity and diversity. The Effect of Mono-ethnicity on American Evangelicalism Dave Olson Wednesday, 10:45a Beginning with a conversation between Dr. Howard Thurman and Gandhi in India some eighty years ago, this seminar will trace the effect of mono-ethnicity on American evangelicalism, giving special emphasis to the dramatic effects of religious segregation.
Unexpected Gifts Gail Soong Bantum Tuesday, 1:30p Gail will speak to the legacies of the White/Black divide from the perspective of a Korean American woman, share why the legacies of race endure, and how unexpected voices can help us overcome the divides to re-imagine life together.
Leading Towards Godâ€™s Multi-ethnic Kingdom Alvin Sanders Wednesday, 1:30p The United States is fast becoming a majority-minority mission field. How will your organization respond? In this workshop, Alvin provides insight into the practice of leadership that results in the organic creation of a Christ centered multi-ethnic organization.
Embracing the Pain Chris Beard Wednesday, 1:30p Extraordinary kingdom synergy, cross-cultural resourcing, and spiritual impact, will remain latent, untapped, and unrealized until we embrace the pain of racial reconciliation. Come learn from Chris in his pursuit of healing across the Black and White divide.
Track 6 - Missional and Multi-ethnic
Conflict Resolution in a Multi-ethnic Context Rod Cooper Wednesday, 10:45a Conflicts are inevitable and become more complicated when various worldviews and cultural differences enter the equation. Rod will address these and other key questions in this seminar that is biblically focused and practical in nature.
Track 8 - Cross-cultural Competence
Creating a Missional and Multi-ethnic Church Kevin Haah Tuesday, 10:45a In this workshop, Kevin explains how to be a missional and multi-ethnic local church that reflects the neighborhood in terms of its diversity, brings the good news to its neighborhood, and becomes good news for the neighborhood.
Engaging the Powers Choco DeJesus Tuesday, 10:45a In this workshop, Choco will articulate a proven vision for engaging local government and diverse community leaders in order to advance the ministerial work of Christ and community conducted through your multi-ethnic local church.
Change the World or Your Zip Code? Jason Janz and Juan Pena Tuesday, 1:30p By proclaiming and living out truth, the local church can impact neighborhood transformation by helping to lower crime and poverty rates, and advancing education. In this workshop, learn principles and best practices for missional engagement in an urban context.
Diverse Practices, Colliding Preferences Elizabeth Drury Tuesday, 1:30p How do we navigate our differences? When do we accommodate cultural preferences or otherwise challenge personal behavior? Elizabeth will provide tools from missiology to help you think maturely about how, when, and where to draw the line.
The Post-Black Post-White Church Efrem Smith Wednesday, 10:45a This workshop will provide practical theology, ministry models, and fruitful discussion for developing a church that is missional and multiethnic. Community engagement and development, as well as models of racial righteousness, will be explored.
Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church Soong-Chan Rah Wednesday, 10:45a What does it mean to develop the necessary cultural intelligence and sensitivity to be effective leaders in an increasingly multi-ethnic society and church? This workshop examines sociological, historical, biblical, and theological threads that contribute towards cultural intelligence for multicultural church leaders.
Beyond Rhetoric: Real Community Transformation Mark DeYmaz Wednesday, 1:30p Come learn from Mark how to lead your church beyond rhetoric to results by advancing a transferable model for community transformation along spiritual, social, and financial fronts, and the credibility of its witness among believers and non-believers, alike.
Merging Asian Communities Into Your Church Tony Kim Wednesday, 1:30p The transition to becoming a multi-ethnic church can be filled with pitfalls and disillusionment. Come learn the plight of the Asian American community and how to take the first steps toward bringing them into your community of faith.
Track 9 - Engaging Hispanics/Latinos
Track 11 - Hot Topics
Why the Pursuit of Hispanics/Latinos Matters Sam Rodriguez Tuesday, 10:45a In this workshop, Sam will identify value differences and the acculturation process of the Hispanic/Latino community to help in building relationships and promoting understanding. Come learn what social experiences and involvements affect Hispanic/Latino openness to a multi-ethnic church.
Engaging the LGBT Community David Anderson Tuesday, 10:45a Is there gracism for Gays? David will discuss the journey on which he and his church have been traveling. He will share a practical plan to help your evangelical church find middle ground without compromising biblical convictions.
Embracing the Other Senior Pastor Alex Rivero Tuesday, 1:30p It sounds perfect: help fulfill the Great Commission by having an ethnic group meet in your church. But what are the dynamics and challenges? In this workshop, Alex will explain while sharing with you key principles and best practices.
Responding to the Immigration Debate Alejandro (Alex) Mandes Tuesday, 1:30p Many immigrants are open to the Gospel and have the potential to be future leaders in the church. But how can they be reached for Christ? Come learn why the evangelical community must not turn a blind eye to their plight.
Paths to Bilingual Worship Jorge Lockward Wednesday, 10:45a Join Jorge to explore proven practical models for engaging bilingual (English/Spanish) worship. From music to sermons, and from greeting to sending, this workshop will help you create a bilingual environment via the local church.
Empowering Women for Multi-ethnic Church Leadership Noemi Chavez Wednesday, 10:45a In this workshop, Noemi will explain how culture, background, and upbringing inside and outside of the church, can equip or hinder women seeking to engage in multi-ethnic ministry, with a view to unleashing their potential.
Building Healthy Relationships in a Multicultural Congregation Art Lucero Wednesday, 1:30p Friendship development is the key to the integration of members in multi-ethnic churches. Join Art to discuss how friendship patterns play an important role in shaping the racial attitudes of attendees at a multicultural church.
Overcoming the Spiritual Strongholds of Division Larry Walkemeyer Wednesday, 1:30p This workshop will identify some of the primary strongholds working against us in pursuing multi-ethnic ministry. Larry will teach you how to discern them in your own context, and how to break through them with spiritual authority and power.
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Track 12 - Multi-ethnic Worship Planning
Ministering to Interracial Couples Robyn Afrik Tuesday, 10:45a In this workshop, we’ll look at five key principles to effectively engage and connect with interracial couples: it’s called doing your P.A.R.T. Robyn will also share from her life experience, and from doing ministry in an interracial marriage.
Creative Service Programming (I) Nikki Lerner Tuesday, 10:45a In this workshop, Nikki will discuss and help you learn how to creatively plan the elements necessary for a positive, multi-ethnic worship experience by involving culturally diverse leadership, expressions, and forms.
Leadership Development in a Multi-ethnic Church Derwin Gray Tuesday, 1:30p Building a healthy multi-ethnic church is hard enough, let alone trying to develop a methodology for leadership development in a diverse environment. Join Derwin as he shares a methodology for doing just that in your own local church context.
Creative Service Programming (II) Josh Chavez Tuesday, 1:30p In this workshop, Josh will continue the discussion to help you learn how to creatively plan for a positive, multi-ethnic worship experience by involving culturally diverse leadership, expressions, and forms.
Building and Maintaining a Diverse Staff Team Mont Mitchell and Rob Daniels Wednesday, 10:45a Join Mont and Rob as they tell their story, share their struggles, provide resources, and offer practical advice on how to build and maintain a diverse staff team within your own local church.
Incorporating Multiple Languages/Musical Genres in Worship Josh Davis Wednesday, 10:45a Come consider and learn from Josh practical step-by-step approaches to help you implement multiple languages and multiple genres within one multi-ethnic, multicultural worship service…and more importantly, why you should even try.
Scratch or Mix: Expediting the Process of Becoming Multi-ethnic Derek Chinn Wednesday, 1:30p Besides church planting, is there another effective way to help a church become multi-ethnic; perhaps in conjunction with another existing church? This workshop will explore some of the approaches being taken, with extra consideration for merging congregations.
Bringing Diversity in Worship to Any Size Congregation David Bailey Wednesday, 1:30p No matter what the size of your church, you and your congregation can experience diverse worship. This session will offer basic principles for cultivating diversity in the worship experience, and offer specific tips for small, medium, and large churches.
Track 13 - Engaging Urban/Hip Hop Culture Allowing Diversity to Unify and Not Divide Tymee Reitz Tuesday, 10:45a Come explore God’s plan to reach humanity through diverse communicators of the Gospel, and unique blends of expression in the local church. Tymee will also explain how certain realms of power are negated due to division in the body.
Track 15 - Foundations This track will be translated from English to Spanish and French Español El mandato bíblico de una iglesia multiétnica David Stevens ¿Y si las iglesias locales manifestaran la diversidad en la unidad por la que Jesús oró en Juan 17 ? Únete a David para examinar la visión bíblica y teológica de la iglesia multiétnica y la motivación para vivir en respuesta a la oración de Jesús.
Discipleship and Small Groups in the Urban Context Lans Jones Tuesday, 1:30p Discipleship through small groups in an urban context is possible, and an effective means for making disciples of diverse men and women in a multiethnic body. In this workshop, Lans will explain one way to do it.
Siete Compromisos básicos de una iglesia multiétnica Anthony Hendricks Más que una buena idea , la iglesia multiétnica es bíblica, en el primer siglo la iglesia comenzó con una potencial evangelizador de largo alcance. En esta sesión, Anthony explica cómo adoptar y poner en práctica los siete compromisos básicos necesarios para llevarla a cabo.
Planting a Gospel-Centered Multi-ethnic Urban Church Tommy a.k.a. “Urban D.” Kyllonen Wednesday, 10:45a Much of the suburban model of church planting does not translate to the multi-ethnic/urban context. Come hear “Urban D.” break down the mistakes and victories he’s experienced over the past eleven years at Crossover Church.
Siete desafíos comunes de una iglesia multiétnica Harry Li Cada vez más, los líderes del ministerio están reconociendo el poder y la belleza de la iglesia multiétnica. Únete a Harry para aprender cómo su propia iglesia puede superar los obstáculos para convertirse en una comunidad de fe multiétnica y por qué debería intentarlo.
Urban Church Planting in 3D Panel Discussion Wednesday, 1:30p Join Tymee, Lans, and Tommy a.k.a. “Urban D.” for an open discussion featuring Q & A dialogue related to engaging and involving urban artists in and through healthy multi-ethnic church ministry. Track 14 - Student Ministry Core Competencies of a SOLID Urban Youth Ministry Larry Acosta Tuesday, 10:45a If you’re new to youth ministry or in need of a fresh start, Larry will help you better connect with youth in the church and beyond its four walls. Come learn a step-by-step process for advancing urban youth ministry. Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Student Ministry Albert Tate Tuesday, 1:30p In this workshop, Albert will provide you with tools and resources to build a theological vision for your youth ministry. Come gain some practical tools and the resources you’ll need back home in your own church context. Connecting Urban Youth Ministry to the Local Campus Eric Vasquez Wednesday, 10:45a Today’s school campus is a battleground, yet the church is often disengaged. Come explore how urban ministry can transform public education within a single generation by activating congregations, adopting schools, and becoming an answer to prayer. From Gangs to Groups to One Student Ministry Chuck Eastman Wednesday, 1:30p Is it possible to attract gang members and other un-churched students from failing, low-income, violence filled schools, and blend them with students who’ve grown up in the church? Come hear Chuck share why you should, and how you can.
La iglesia multiétnica en 3D Panel de discusión Únete a David , Anthony y Harry para un debate abierto con preguntas y respuestas con un diálogo de cómo construir, liderar y avanzar una iglesia multiétnica saludable por causa del Evangelio . Français Le Mandat Biblique d’une Église Multi- Ethnique David Stevens Et si les églises locales manifestent la diversité dans l’unité pour laquelle Jésus a prié dans Jean 17 ? Rejoignez David pour examiner la vision biblique et théologique pour l’église multi- ethnique , et la motivation pour vivre en réponse à la prière de Jésus . Sept Principaux Engagements de l’Église Multi- Ethnique Anthony Hendricks Plus qu’une bonne idée , l’église multi- ethnique est biblique, standard du premier siècle avec un potentiel d’évangélisation de grande envergure. Dans cette session, Anthony explique comment embrasser et mettre en pratique les sept principaux engagements nécessaires pour y parvenir. Sept Défis Communs d’une Église Multi- Ethnique Harry Li De plus en plus , les dirigeants des ministères reconnaissent la puissance et la beauté de l’église multi- ethnique. Rejoignez Harry pour apprendre comment votre propre église peut surmonter les obstacles pour devenir une communauté multi- ethnique de foi, et pourquoi ça vaut la peine d’essayer. L’Eglise Multi- Ethnique en 3D Débat d’Experts Rejoignez David , Anthony et Harry pour une discussion ouverte avec questions & reponses. Dialogue lié à la mise en place et à l’avancement d’une église multi- ethnique saine pour la cause de l’Evangile.
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’m encouraged to see that multi-ethnic worship is gaining popularity in the U.S. church. My inbox is full of pastors and ministry leaders who are looking for ways to use worship to break down cultural biases in the body of Christ. We know that there are scriptural foundations (e.g., Revelation 7:9-17) for this interest, but how does worship help to bring about unity? What happens when we worship with people who are different than us? One, worship can serve as a profound shared experience that makes us feel closer to those whom we might otherwise perceive as “Other.” Research shows that “I-sharing” – sharing a subjective experience with another person – causes people to feel a lasting sense of connection with others, even others who are otherwise dissimilar. For example, imagine you hear a stranger ahead of you in the grocery checkout line say something that strikes you as funny. You glance at the person in line behind you, who glances back, and the two of you burst out laughing, as if you share a private joke. This shared experience increases your liking for this stranger, even if this stranger is demographically and attitudinally dissimilar. As social psychologist Elizabeth Pinel and her colleagues explain it, “A fundamentalist Christian and an atheist can find themselves enjoying the same sunset; a staunch Republican and an equally staunch Democrat can share a laugh. When two objectively different people I-share in these and other ways, their disliking for one another might lessen, if only for a moment.”
Similarly, shared spiritual experience can be a force for unity in the Church. When worship with people who look, think, act and experience the world differently than us, we I-share across cultural lines. These powerful shared spiritual experiences serve to dismantle cultural divisions between us, strengthen our bonds with and increase our liking for culturally different others within our church. Two, recent research suggests that worship can be an effective tool for racial unity because it can stimulate positive emotion which, in turn, breaks down some of the us/them distinctions that lead to us to perceive “them” in oversimplified and inaccurate ways. Social psychologists Kareem Johnson and Barbara Frederickson recently conducted a study in which participants watched short films that made them feel joyful, fearful or neutral. Then, participants completed a facial recognition test. Johnson and Frederickson predicted that participants who felt neutral or fearful would perceive members of other races in inaccurate ways – perceiving that “they all look the same.” In other words, they would easily distinguish faces of people who were in their race but have a hard time distinguishing faces of other races. However, the researchers predicted that participants who watched the “joyful” movie and were experiencing positive emotions would show no racial bias and would be equally good at recognizing own-race or other-race faces. Voila! Their predictions were correct. Positive emotions allowed people to view other-race faces less like categories and more like individuals. While reading this research report, I thought to myself, “Why can’t worship work like the “joyful movie” to induce positive emotions that break down racial bias and allows us to see perceive each other accurately?” I believe that it can if: A) It takes place in a multi-ethnic context such that during and immediately after the worship session people are given the opportunity to interact crossculturally and in meaningful ways. B) It actually induces positive emotions for all involved. In a multi-ethnic context, this means doing authentic multi-ethnic (possibly multi-lingual) music that honors the diverse participants by including all and enabling all to share their unique worship traditions.
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he multi-ethnic church race is not a sprint, but a marathon race for life. What will energize us in the midst of the challenges and obstacles that would drain us, exhaust us and lead us to call it quits rather than overcome? Solidarity in community is key. But what kind of community? A community sustained by the reality that the God revealed in Christ by the power of the Spirit has already run and won the race to make one people out of many nations, tribes, peoples, and languages. Ephesians 2 speaks to the reality of what Christ has already accomplished. He has already broken down the dividing wall of hostility between Jews and Gentiles and has made them one (Ephesians 2:11-22). By extension, Jesus has broken down the dividing walls that exist between various people groups and sub-cultures in our day. We live now in light of what our Lord Jesus has done, is doing and will do in making his people one. Not only do we look back, but also we look forward to that future reality disclosed in Revelation 7:9-17. Here we find that God’s community of people from a plethora of diverse backgrounds is one, centered round the throne in worship. This is no pie in the sky wishful thinking that leads us toward escapism, but an eschatological vision firmly rooted in the history of God’s reconciling act of just love in Christ. With this constructive vision, we can overcome the negative forces that would cause us to abandon justice for hate, justice for status quo peace, and love for revenge-based justice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision for a post-racialized, unified America sustained him in the face of the extreme hatred of Bull Connor that was demonically oppressive, the moderate though perhaps more diabolical resistance of white clergy who favored peace apart from justice, and militancy that wanted justice apart from love. Dr. King had a dream that sustained him, a 48
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view of God’s reconciling power of love in Christ. Do we have such a dream? We need to live now in light of what Christ has completed and bring the future into the present through concrete practices of reconciliation that are loving, equitable, and just. We need to realize that the God revealed in Christ has big shoulders, big lungs and strong legs to help us win each leg of the journey. Our firm hope in the revelation of God in Christ should energize us to run well the multi-ethnic church marathon race. This all-consuming vision of what God has done, is doing, and will do will keep us centered, secure and sustained in the face of the consumer-driven culture that would divide us over petty preferences. We shall overcome, for Jesus has already won the race.
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