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The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious landscape. This shift will be no different. Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Without guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; its potential impact, transformative.
^What is Culture?
Chapter 2:  Understanding Our History
Chapter 3:  ^Church and Culture

Part II: A Constructive Cultural Paradigm
Chapter 4:  ^A Multicultural Worldview
Chapter 5:  Enhanced Connections
Chapter 6:  ^Power Dynamics

Part III:  Cultural Intelligence in Action
Chapter ^7:  Tell Me a Story
Chapter 8:  Journeying Together: You've Got to ^Be There
Chapter 9:  Embracing the Other: Facets of True Hospitality
Chapter ^10:  The Challenge of Systems Thinking and Organizational Change

Final ^Word of Encouragement

By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. ^Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of ^minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans-undergoing ^the most rapid demographic shift in America's history.

Soong-Chan Rah's book ^is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. ^Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how ^God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural ^and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that ^are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful ^guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Without ^guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ^ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, ^the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background.

The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift ^in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the ^population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up ^entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian ^Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious ^landscape. This shift will be no different. Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to ^equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from ^the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can ^become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, ^to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ^ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting ^to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Without guilt trips or ^browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries ^toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good ^News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; ^its potential impact, transformative.
Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church ^Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He is ^the author of The Next Evangelicalism (IVP Books, 2009). Prior to coming ^to North Park, Soong-Chan was the founding and senior pastor of Cambridge Community ^Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic, urban church in Cambridge, MA. Soong-Chan has ^a B.A. from Columbia University, a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, ^a Th.M. from Harvard University, and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell. Soong-Chan serves ^on the boards of Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association, World ^Vision, and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He lives in Chicago with his wife Sue, ^a special educator and his two children, Annah and Elijah.

INSIDE PAGES

In the past decade something new and important has ^emerged: Readers are now able to wade through a huge pool of books on multiethnicity/multiculturalism ^and the church. If you have been waiting for the handbook needed to navigate these ^new waters, this is it! Soong-Chan Rah's Many Colors will become the standard for ^Christians who want to understand and practice cross-cultural intelligence. The ^church desperately needed a book reflecting the depth and breadth of this defining ^work. Soong-Chan has delivered!

Randy Woodley,distinguished associate professor ^of faith and culture, George Fox University, and author of Living in Color: Embracing ^God's Passion for Ethnic Diversity

Many Colors is a must-read for those who ^are serious about being the church in practice and not just theory. Dr. Rah skillfully ^integrates theological, psychological, sociological, and practical information concerning ^cultural understanding needed for a church that is increasingly becoming multiethnic ^and multicultural. Finally, a book on cultural understanding for the church that ^is not sociology sprinkled with some Scriptures, but is solidly built first on the  ^foundation of Scripture which reveals God's priorities for our relationships.

Rodney ^Cooper, professor of discipleship and leadership development, Gordon-Conwell Theological ^Seminary

This is a must-read for anyone in cross-cultural ministry, as well ^as all who wish to engage the new multiethnic America.  Rah challenges us to ^pursue culturally intelligent leadership, while providing a convincing biblical-theological ^framework and practical suggestions to help us move forward in this most important ^journey.

Tom Lin, vice president of missions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, ^and director of the Urbana student missions conference


BACK COVER

"From ^experiential knowledge and with anthropological precision, Soong-Chan Rah has provided ^a thorough explanationof cross-cultural competence, one of the core commitments ^required for effective multi-ethnic ministry. Many Colors will accelerate the coming ^integration of the local church and is therefore a much-welcomed, greatly needed ^resource for those of us pursuing the dream."

Dr. Mark DeYmaz, Founding pastor ^of Mosaic Church (AR) and author of Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local ^Church

"Many Colors is a desperately needed resource for those of us who love ^Christ and are engaged as agents of change and justice in our society, where a new ^mestizo reality is becoming the norm and not an exception."

Noel Castellanos
CEO, ^Christian Community Development Association

"In recent years, many leaders ^have been inspired with a vision for multiethnic ministry. But while their spirits ^may be willing, their flesh is often weak. Many simply lack the knowledge and 'cultural ^intelligence' to cultivate multiethnic Christian communities, and the results are ^churches with a veneer of diversity without any real change. This is why Dr. Rah's ^book is so vital. He offers a framework for understanding culture that is rooted ^in Scripture, history, and the practical realities of pastoral ministry. Many Colors ^is a must-read for anyone sensing a call into multiethnic ministry."

Skye ^Jethani, author of The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity


EXTRAS

"Dr. ^Rah has the ability to stretch your faith while stretching your mind. Gratefully, ^this book offers no simplistic answers but in being honest about the challenges ^also gives us honest hope. Society questions whether real unity is possible. In ^Christ, the Church can show that it is; this book helps point the way with insight, ^dimensionality, and challenge."

Gary Walter, president of the Evangelical ^Covenant Church

"Using the incredible power of story, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah ^weaves together a tapestry that gives a clear picture of what "cultural intelligence" ^requires. This book takes you on a reconciliation journey that will move you from ^simplistic formulas to substantive solutions that produce lasting systemic and social ^change."

Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, President, Salter McNeil & Associates, ^LLC



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About "Many Colors"

The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious landscape. This shift will be no different. Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Without guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; its potential impact, transformative.
^What is Culture?
Chapter 2:  Understanding Our History
Chapter 3:  ^Church and Culture

Part II: A Constructive Cultural Paradigm
Chapter 4:  ^A Multicultural Worldview
Chapter 5:  Enhanced Connections
Chapter 6:  ^Power Dynamics

Part III:  Cultural Intelligence in Action
Chapter ^7:  Tell Me a Story
Chapter 8:  Journeying Together: You've Got to ^Be There
Chapter 9:  Embracing the Other: Facets of True Hospitality
Chapter ^10:  The Challenge of Systems Thinking and Organizational Change

Final ^Word of Encouragement

By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. ^Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of ^minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans-undergoing ^the most rapid demographic shift in America's history.

Soong-Chan Rah's book ^is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. ^Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how ^God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural ^and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that ^are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful ^guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Without ^guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ^ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, ^the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background.

The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift ^in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the ^population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up ^entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian ^Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious ^landscape. This shift will be no different. Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to ^equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from ^the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can ^become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, ^to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ^ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting ^to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Without guilt trips or ^browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries ^toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good ^News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; ^its potential impact, transformative.
Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church ^Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He is ^the author of The Next Evangelicalism (IVP Books, 2009). Prior to coming ^to North Park, Soong-Chan was the founding and senior pastor of Cambridge Community ^Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic, urban church in Cambridge, MA. Soong-Chan has ^a B.A. from Columbia University, a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, ^a Th.M. from Harvard University, and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell. Soong-Chan serves ^on the boards of Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association, World ^Vision, and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He lives in Chicago with his wife Sue, ^a special educator and his two children, Annah and Elijah.

INSIDE PAGES

In the past decade something new and important has ^emerged: Readers are now able to wade through a huge pool of books on multiethnicity/multiculturalism ^and the church. If you have been waiting for the handbook needed to navigate these ^new waters, this is it! Soong-Chan Rah's Many Colors will become the standard for ^Christians who want to understand and practice cross-cultural intelligence. The ^church desperately needed a book reflecting the depth and breadth of this defining ^work. Soong-Chan has delivered!

Randy Woodley,distinguished associate professor ^of faith and culture, George Fox University, and author of Living in Color: Embracing ^God's Passion for Ethnic Diversity

Many Colors is a must-read for those who ^are serious about being the church in practice and not just theory. Dr. Rah skillfully ^integrates theological, psychological, sociological, and practical information concerning ^cultural understanding needed for a church that is increasingly becoming multiethnic ^and multicultural. Finally, a book on cultural understanding for the church that ^is not sociology sprinkled with some Scriptures, but is solidly built first on the  ^foundation of Scripture which reveals God's priorities for our relationships.

Rodney ^Cooper, professor of discipleship and leadership development, Gordon-Conwell Theological ^Seminary

This is a must-read for anyone in cross-cultural ministry, as well ^as all who wish to engage the new multiethnic America.  Rah challenges us to ^pursue culturally intelligent leadership, while providing a convincing biblical-theological ^framework and practical suggestions to help us move forward in this most important ^journey.

Tom Lin, vice president of missions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, ^and director of the Urbana student missions conference


BACK COVER

"From ^experiential knowledge and with anthropological precision, Soong-Chan Rah has provided ^a thorough explanationof cross-cultural competence, one of the core commitments ^required for effective multi-ethnic ministry. Many Colors will accelerate the coming ^integration of the local church and is therefore a much-welcomed, greatly needed ^resource for those of us pursuing the dream."

Dr. Mark DeYmaz, Founding pastor ^of Mosaic Church (AR) and author of Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local ^Church

"Many Colors is a desperately needed resource for those of us who love ^Christ and are engaged as agents of change and justice in our society, where a new ^mestizo reality is becoming the norm and not an exception."

Noel Castellanos
CEO, ^Christian Community Development Association

"In recent years, many leaders ^have been inspired with a vision for multiethnic ministry. But while their spirits ^may be willing, their flesh is often weak. Many simply lack the knowledge and 'cultural ^intelligence' to cultivate multiethnic Christian communities, and the results are ^churches with a veneer of diversity without any real change. This is why Dr. Rah's ^book is so vital. He offers a framework for understanding culture that is rooted ^in Scripture, history, and the practical realities of pastoral ministry. Many Colors ^is a must-read for anyone sensing a call into multiethnic ministry."

Skye ^Jethani, author of The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity


EXTRAS

"Dr. ^Rah has the ability to stretch your faith while stretching your mind. Gratefully, ^this book offers no simplistic answers but in being honest about the challenges ^also gives us honest hope. Society questions whether real unity is possible. In ^Christ, the Church can show that it is; this book helps point the way with insight, ^dimensionality, and challenge."

Gary Walter, president of the Evangelical ^Covenant Church

"Using the incredible power of story, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah ^weaves together a tapestry that gives a clear picture of what "cultural intelligence" ^requires. This book takes you on a reconciliation journey that will move you from ^simplistic formulas to substantive solutions that produce lasting systemic and social ^change."

Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, President, Salter McNeil & Associates, ^LLC


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Meet the Author

Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Previously he was founding pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts, and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He also serves on the boards of Sojourners and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributed to Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (InterVarsity Press) and authored The Next Evangelicalism:Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (InterVarsity Press).

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  • Catalogue Code 330651
  • Product Code 9781575674971
  • ISBN 1575674971
  • EAN 9781575674971
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date Sep 2010
  • Sales Rank #75937
  • DRM Adobe
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