Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity
Description"Many white Christians across America are waking up to the fact that something is seriously wrong--but often this is where we get stuck." Confronted by the deep-rooted racial injustice in our society, many white Christians instinctively scramble to add diversity to their churches and ministries. But is diversity really the answer to the widespread racial dysfunction we see in the church? In this simple but powerful book, Pastor David Swanson contends that discipleship, not diversity, lies at the heart of our white churches' racial brokenness. Before white churches can pursue diversity, he argues, we must first take steps to address the faulty discipleship that has led to our segregation in the first place. Drawing on the work of philosopher James K. A. Smith and others, Swanson proposes that we rethink our churches' habits, or liturgies, and imagine together holistic, communal discipleship practices that can reform us as members of Christ's diverse body.
May 19, 2020
5.5 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author
David W. Swanson is the pastor of New Community Covenant Church, a multicultural congregation in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. He helps lead New Community Outreach, a nonprofit that collaborates with the community to reduce sources of trauma, and speaks around the country on the topics of racial justice and reconciliation. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.
Brenda Salter McNeil (DMin, Palmer Theological Seminary) is a dynamic speaker, author, professor, and thought leader. Her mission is to inspire, equip, and empower emerging Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation. Dr. Brenda is associate professor of reconciliation studies at Seattle Pacific University and director of the Reconciliation Studies program. She is also associate pastor of preaching and reconciliation at Quest Church in Seattle. Dr. Brenda is an international trailblazer, leading individuals, communities, and organizations to biblical reconciliation. She was featured as one of the fifty most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. She is the author of Roadmap to Reconciliation, Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0, A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism, and Race, and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, coauthored with Rick Richardson.