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One Body, One Spirit

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 9, 2004

I’ve got a number of books on transcultural ministry. Many lay good theological/biblical foundations for why we should challenge homogeneity. Others offer perspectives from practitioners about how to do transcultural ministry. Both sorts of books are great, but applying the knowlege found in their pages is difficult. Every situation is different. Broader research needs to be done. Someone should write a book based upon data from hundreds of churches–and suggest some ways ahead for someone wanting to do a transcultural work.

I didn’t think there was such a book. However, I recently bought the book “One Body, One Spirit” by George Yancey. Yancey is a sociologist, and brings his research skills to the issue of cultural diversity in churches. He suggests some principles shared by churches that successfully buck the homogeneous trend.

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I heartily reccommend it for anyone that wants their church to be diverse.

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