Although so many Christians live in multiracial and multicultural communities, many Christian churches do not reflect the diversity of their communities. Sunday morning worship remains racially divided. Southeast District Superintendent Dr. Richard L. Stryker has a new book out addressing this need in the Christian community.
The book, Multiracial Church Dynamics: Possibilities & Challenges is straightforward in dealing with the subject. He recommends means by which uniracial churches can become multiracial.
Bishop William H. Willimon wrote the foreword to the book. In the foreword he praised Stryker for offering a gift to the contemporary church writing, “Our churches, just about all of them, have yet to achieve the diversity that inheres to the Kingdom of God. Every Pentecost, when I read from Acts 2, the story of the Holy Spirit’s descent and the birth of the church, I look out on the congregation and quietly lament the failure of our church to look like the very first church on Pentecost.”
Bishop Willimon goes on to state, “Richard is not content simply to lament the sad state of the church to obey Christ’s commands and to embody the reach and the richness of his salvation in our life together. In this book he offers specific, tested, practical help for pastors and church leaders who want their congregations to grow and to be all that God intends.”
The book is available in paperback as well as a Kindle edition and a Nook edition for e-readers.
Dr. Stryker is District Superintendent of the Southeast District and served as one of two founding pastors of Good Samaritan UMC, a multiracial church in Memphis, Tennessee.