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The American church has “zero credibility” when it comes the “greatest issues of our time” relating to race, class, and culture as pews across America remain mostly segregated on Sunday mornings, says multiethnic church movement leader and author Mark DeYmaz.
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DeYmaz, the founder of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and co-founder of Mosaix Global Network which bonds ministries pursuing multiethnic church planting, growth and development, is issuing a dire warning.
Speaking last month before journalists at a conference in Oklahoma City, DeYmaz stressed that churches in the United States must be “disruptive” in order to break free from the racial segregation that exists exponentially more within their congregations than in the neighborhoods they serve.
But instead of being disruptive, he argues that the Church has been “disrupted.”
As Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that the most segregated hour in Christian America is the 11 o’clock hour on Sunday mornings, the most recent data available from 2012 show that around 88 percent of American congregations fail to have less than 80 percent of their members come from the same race or ethnicity.
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“So from the research, they saw that churches are 10 times more segregated than the neighborhoods they are in,” DeYmaz told The Christian Post in a sit-down interview after his remarks at the Evangelical Press Association’s 2019 Christian Media Convention in Oklahoma City.
“We have zero credibility now because we have these systemically segregated churches filled with tons of people,” he elaborated. “They can't connect to the local communities that are changing around them. And it's undermined our credibility and our witness.”
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As for DeYmaz, 57, he planted Mosaic Church in 2001 with the express purpose of it being a multiethnic, multicultural church where whites, blacks, Hispanics and people from any other race feel comfortable worshiping.
Although DeYmaz is...
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