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… featuring my friend Mark DeYmaz: The number of multicultural churches — those in which at least one in five people is from a different ethnic group — is still relatively tiny. Even within diverse denominations such as the Assemblies of God, where about a third of the churches have minority congregations, or the Southern Baptists, where 20% of churches have minority congregations, only a small percentage meet that one-in-five criteria. Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church, a diverse non-denominational church based in Little Rock, says he believes the number is going to grow. DeYmaz said his congregation of 600 is about 40% white, 33% African-American, 15% Hispanic, with the rest from a variety of backgrounds. When Mosaic opened in 2001, DeYmaz said he knew of few diverse churches. Now he knows of several hundred. “When we get to heaven, the kingdom of God isn’t going to be segregated,” he said. “So why should the local church be segregated?” Efrem Smith, author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church, agrees. Smith, who founded a multiracial church of 1,000 in Minneapolis called Sanctuary Covenant Church, said the election of President Obama and the success of such African Americans as Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey are signs that America is ready for multiracial churches. “You saw black people who weren’t just leaders of other black people,” he said. “They are leaders of all people.” You can read more here…
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