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Spiritual Formation in a Multicultural World

Fresh Directions in Race, Culture, and Ministry

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In recent years, many have called for a greater emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism while others have remained indifferent or adversarial to the prospect. The role of the church in leading this charge is uncertain, although pastors and church leaders have increasingly acknowledged the role evangelicalism has played in marginalizing communities of color and perpetuating a gospel of Whiteness.

In this book, three authors with youth ministry, family ministry, and community development expertise challenge the ways we often conceptualize conversations around diversity and inclusion in church-based settings. They show how complex racial identity issues rooted in American society manifest themselves in church ministries and provide practitioners with the tools needed to encourage spiritual formation in a diverse world. They offer a vision for Christian formation and discipleship that is attuned to the realities of race, ethnicity, culture, and class to help church leaders minister more effectively across cultures.

The Authors

  1. Benjamin D. Espinoza
    Joe Gallo

    Benjamin D. Espinoza

    Benjamin D. Espinoza (PhD, Michigan State University) is vice president of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, New York.

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  2. Sarah F. Farmer
    Elese Bales

    Sarah F. Farmer

    Sarah F. Farmer (PhD, Emory University) is associate director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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  3. Virginia Ward

    Virginia Ward

    Virginia Ward (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the dean of the Campus of Urban Ministerial Education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts.

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