Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 224 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 1.10 X 6.10 X 8.10 (inches) ISBN: 0829760954 ISBN-13: 9780829760958 Availability: In Stock
What is lacking for leadership in multicultural churches? When Moses left Egypt he was leading a 'mixed multitude.' The first followers of Jesus also soon learned that the Holy Spirit was leading them to cross the traditional boundaries that separated the diverse cultures of their time. This book focuses above all on the churches of the United States and on the way in which these churches should remain faithful to the calling of God within their current context. We live in a nation that is culturally diverse, and almost all of our cities and our neighborhoods are witnesses of that diversity. That diversity is evident in our mass media outlets, in our shopping malls and in our schools. Even though it may be less noticeable in our churches, it is increasingly visible there as well. In this book, we want to pay more attention, looking with God's wisdom and faithfulness at the intercultural life that is developing within each church and also at the relationships between the different churches and their neighbors. We have all grown and developed within a historical context of prejudices and racism. We have these influences in our minds and our hearts, and often these are reflected in our actions, our decisions and our words. The authors believe that the presence of the kingdom of God on the earth, which was introduced in the life, death and resurrection of Christ, is a presence that must be characterized by a ministry of reconciliation. These things are what motivated these authors to write this book. They wanted to encourage church leaders to create an atmosphere in which the initiatives of reconciliation would become more evident within the internal life of the churches, in our missionary work, and within our neighborhoods and cities.
Jose Martinez was introduced to Christian ministry by Samuel Vila. In 1943 the founder of what would become Editorial CLIE made him a leader in the Baptist Church Vila pastored in Terrassa. In 1948 Martinez was invited to pastor a Baptist church in Barcelona, a position that he filled for 30 fruitful years. He resigned the pastorate in 1979 for health reason and devoted himself to writing and teaching and work with various evangelical ministry organizations. He has edited various Christian magazines and has served as president of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance among other evangelical groups. He speaks Spanish, English, French, and German. His book on Biblical hermeneutics is considered his greatest work. He is married to Julia Vila and they have three children. SPANISH BIO: Jose M. Martinez fue iniciado en el ministerio cristiano por Samuel Vila. En 1943, el fundador de lo que despues se convertiria en la Editorial CLIE lo nombro lider en la iglesia bautista que el pastoreaba en Terrassa. En 1948, Martinez fue invitado a pastorear una iglesia bautista en Barcelona, posicion que ocupo durante 30 fructiferos anos. Renuncio al pastorado en 1979 por razones de salud y se dedico a escribir, ensenar y trabajar con diversas organizaciones de ministerios evangelicos. Ha sido el editor de varias revistas cristianas y ha ocupado el puesto de Presidente de la Alianza Evangelica Espanola, entre otros grupos evangelicos. Habla espanol, ingles, frances y aleman. Su libro 'Hermeneutica Biblica' es su obra principal. Esta casado con Julia Vila, con quien tiene tres hijos.
Mark Branson holds a M.A. from Claremont School of Theology and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. He is the Homer L. Goddard Associate Professor of the Ministry of the Laity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he teaches classes on congregational leadership and community engagement. His most recent books are Memoirs, Hopes and Conversations, Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change. SPANISH BIO: Mark Branson tiene una maestria en artes de la Escuela de Teologia Claremont; es doctor en educacion, graduado en la Universidad de San Francisco; es el profesor auxiliar de la catedra Homer L. Goddard de Ministerio de los Laicos en el Seminario Teologico Fuller, donde da clases sobre liderazgo en las congregaciones y participacion en la comunidad. Sus libros mas recientes son: Memoirs, Hopes and Conversations, Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change.