In a global society, The Foursquare Church is dedicated to including and representing every ethnicity. To that end, the Urban Multicultural Council encourages and facilitates training for multiethnic leaders.
The formation of ethnic councils and networks invites discovery of new and existing groups, removes barriers to effective ministry, recovery of areas of brokenness, and offers ministerial covering for leaders. Ted Vail, associate director of U.S. missions, serves as a liaison to the various councils and networks.
For more information, please contact Ted Vail.
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Estuardo Cambranes, senior pastor of Living Waters (Smithfield Foursquare Church) in Smithfield, R.I., has successfully brought together two churches—one English-speaking, one Spanish-speaking—and is finding the joy of seeing people from different ethnic groups become one in Christ as they serve the Lord together.
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God is using Antonio Sims, a Foursquare pastor in Metro Detroit, to promote cross-cultural and urban education, community development and vocational training. Foursquare, he says, “has allowed me to do what I’m passionate about, sharing the gospel my way and just being myself.”
Jerry Dirmann is passionate about diversifying leaders and churches to reach a wider variety of audiences who are hungry for the truth. His church, The Rock (Anaheim Foursquare Church) in Southern California, now comprises nine campuses and 12 congregations, four of which are Spanish-speaking, one Vietnamese-speaking, and two led by women.
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Samuel Rodriguez challenges Foursquare churches to break through cultural divides in our quest to see God’s kingdom multiply. If we want to keep reaching the world’s many people groups, we need to let go of any fears, racial divides or cultural nearsightedness. Jesus is for everyone, not just the people we feel most comfortable with.
In this interview, recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2014 in Dallas, Foursquare leaders Jerry Dirmann and Fernando Castillo Sr. talk about partnering together across cultures to spread the gospel and disciple believers, and how breakthrough can come through ministry collaboration.
By Mark DeYmaz, Harry Li
Pastors who desire to foster ethnic diversity in their congregations will find Mark DeYmaz and Henry Li’s new book, “Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church,” extremely helpful. The authors address seven common challenges to creating a healthy multi-ethnic church environment and offer practical advice that is biblically sound and immediately useful.