About a year ago, I was blessed in being able to find a part time job that allows me to be around people from all different races and backgrounds. And I have to tell you, after being a stay at home mom for over 19 years, it was kind of a culture shock for me.
The Skin You Live In has helped me to see the immediate world around me in a new light and as a ministry field.
Although people may have different beliefs and backgrounds from what you may be used to, it doesn’t mean, as a Christian, you can’t share a conversation with them, or better yet, share the love of Christ with them.
About the book:
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
Martin Luther King called 11 o’clock Sunday morning “the most segregated hour in America.”
In his important new book The Skin You Live In, Dr. David Ireland—pastor of a 6,000-member, multicultural megachurch—challenges Christians to become racially attractive and develop friendships across cultural lines. Consider these facts regarding the need for the Church to advance in this area:
- Evangelical churches are 81 percent Anglo, 7 percent Latino and 6 percent African American.
- Congregations of historically black churches are 92 percent African American, 2 percent Anglo.
- In Evangelical churches, 94 percent of adherents are born in the United States comparedto 6 percent foreign born. Source: Pew Forum Religious Landscape Study http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report-religious-landscape-study-full.pdf
- Only 3 percent of U.S. churches have at least 11 percent of the congregation from different races than the majority.
- 79 percent of Christian churches identify and gather along mono-racial lines. SOURCE: George Barna, Today’s Pastor, Regal Press, cited in The Skin You Live In
If you’re interested in learning more of how you can reach across racial and cultural boundaries, check this book out.