The High-Definition Leader
The United States is rapidly becoming multiethnic. Within ten years we will probably no longer have a majority race. Every facet of our American culture is transitioning to multiethnic . . . except the church. The church remains the most segregated institution in America. It will take multiethnic churches to reach a multiethnic America.
So how can your church transform into a gospel-centered, mission-shaped, multiethnic local church?
In The High-Definition Leader author, Derwin Gray, issues an invitation for church leaders to help their congregations embrace Christ’s call to the early church—a call that crosses ethnic and socioeconomic barriers to create heavenly colonies of love, reconciliation, and unity.
THE HIGH-DEFINITION LEADER WILL HELP READERS . .
- understand that planting and transforming churches into multiethnic groups is a biblical calling church leaders must encourage
- identify and implement the best practices to help leaders build multiethnic churches
- recognize that reconciliation between ethnic groups in the church is not just a social issue but a theological issue church leaders cannot ignore
The apostle Paul built multiethnic, socioeconomic diverse local churches of Jews and Gentiles. We must follow his godly wisdom and leadership if we want to be the church for which Christ died.
What Others are Saying
In a time when our country is marked by great diversity and great division, we need pastors who can be “High-Definition Leaders” as Derwin Gray calls them. These leaders are passionate about reaching across cultures and bringing reconciliation and healing. What a timely book.
Greg Surratt, Founding Pastor Seacoast Church
More than a half-century has passed since Martin Luther King Jr. called 11 AM on Sunday “the most segregated hour in this nation,” and his words are still true. For shame. A racially-segregated church not only fails to reflect the increasingly multi-ethnic make-up of America, but it also fails to live up to the biblical vision of what God’s kingdom. Where is this community comprised of “every nation and tribe and people and language” that the Apostle John spoke about? But despair not, dear readers. In a moment where the church lags painfully behind the progress of society, Derwin Grey offers a clarion call for a revolution in our ranks. The High Definition Leader arrives at the right moment and comes at you like a rocket–with superb precision and paradigm-exploding power. Skip it at your peril.
Jonathan Merritt, Author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined; Senior columnist for Religion News Service
In a time when too many pastors and too many churches are content to minister among those who look like them, we need leaders with gospel courage and a biblical insight to call us out of monochromatic apathy. Derwin Gray is the right voice at the right time. Read The High-Definition Leader and be energized to see the kingdom of Christ in all its vivid diversity once again.
Dr. Russell Moore, President of Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
This book spoke to my soul. Theologically Robust. Prophetic. Passionate. The High Definition Leader will be must read material for the young leaders I train who have the Christ-exalting, redemptive impatience to lead multiethnic churches.
Bryan Loritts, President of The Kainos Movement. Author, Right Color/Wrong Culture.
Pastors listen to pastors who do pastoring well, and churches ought to listen to churches who do church well. Theory sounds better on paper often than it works, but churches who have learned how to be the church in a fast-changing America deserve our ear. Transformation Church in Charlotte and their courageous leader, Derwin Gray, deserve our ear for one reason: they are mapping the path that leads to the multi-ethnic church, to a high-definition vision of what the church must become in an American increasingly filled with racial tension. Both Derwin’s story and Transformation church’s are a vision of a new kind of church. No vision is more needed in the United States of America because if our churches don’t become multi-ethnic the word “united” at the federal level will be mocked by the word “divided” in the churches. Derwin Gray has a better idea: Let local churches lead by becoming united churches as a prophetic voice for a more united nation.
Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary
With the pace of our lives and the ever-changing values of our culture, it can feel like a miracle just to get through another day. The chaos leaves little room for the gospel—a message that’s pushed to the margins of society and seen as strange or outdated. When faced with current challenges, believers often long for the good old days of the New Testament church. In reality, the culture and the church were just as crazy then as they are today—rampant sexual immorality, racial prejudice, social and economic segregation, and arguments and divisions over favorite spiritual leaders.
Pastor Derwin L. Gray points back to 1 Corinthians to shed light on our lives today in the 21st century. Ultimately, it’s not about what we need to do; it’s about what’s already been done. Peace is found in this unexpected and life-changing truth: the heartbeat and lifeblood of the Christian life is grace. Grace isn’t just an idea. Grace is a Person named Jesus.
BENEFITS OF THIS STUDY
Understand Paul’s motivation for writing 1 Corinthians.
Find commonalities between Paul’s experiences with the Corinthians and our culture today.
Gain biblical clarity on social issues ranging from sexuality to race.
Emerge from the study equipped to competently address today’s social landscape from a grace-filled, biblical position.
Is your life limited by labels the world and other people have used to define you? Labels you have internalized and apply to yourself every day. Labels like Afraid. Or Addict. Orphan. Damaged Goods. Failure. Maybe even Religious. These labels might be sewn into your life with such tight little stitches that they feel like a part of you. They feel like they define you. But that’s a lie. If you let Him, Jesus can remove those old labels and tattoo new ones onto your soul. Then you’ll begin to see yourself as God the Father sees you. The limits will be lifted, and your life will be transformed. It’s the truth.
Join Pastor Derwin Gray on a fascinating journey into what can happen when you offer your head, your heart, and your hands to the only One who can offer you a truly limitless life.
What Others are Saying
“Derwin Gray writes like a madman on mission – a mission to trumpet the truth about who we really are in spite of the labels and lies some have succumbed to.”
Judah Smith, Bestselling author of Jesus Is ____.
“Derwin is one of the great young preachers in America. God has given him the ability to teach the Gospel in a practical and powerful way. As you read this book, God will stretch the limits of your life, and you’ll never be the same again!”
Rick Warren (Founding Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life)
“Derwin is the real deal. He’s authentic, and provides much needed permission to all of us to get real as well. He knows what it’s like to feel like a nobody, and reveals how you’re a somebody truly loved by God with the opportunity for limitless lives.”
Brad Lomenick (President and Key Visionary of Catalyst)
“If there is anyone who can speak authentically about living life to your fullest God-given potential, it’s my friend Derwin Gray. As a pastor, dad, husband and author, I’ve witnessed him overcome unbelievable obstacles from his past. As a friend and brother, I know the tenderness with which he cares for people. This book will lead you forward, challenge you to move, and pastor you on the journey.”
Clayton King (President, Crossroads Ministries; Teaching Pastor, NewSpring Church; Campus Pastor, Liberty University)
What comes to mind when you think of a hero? Hollywood star? Successful entrepreneur? Professional athlete? Maybe Superman? Rarely is the guy next door viewed as a hero. Derwin Gray is about to change that and how the world defines heroism.
In his book, Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart, former NFL team captain, pastor, and YouTube sensation as the Evangelism Linebacker, Derwin Gray calls men and women to live heroic lives by allowing God to reign and rule in their hearts.
Gray asserts that men and women are made to be heroes. Why is it, then, that many men don’t live like it? Often, the pressures of staying afloat in a paycheck-to-paycheck existence eclipse any acts of boldness and valor, relegating heroism to action movies and fantasy worlds. Until now.
What Others are Saying
As a Fire Fighter, I can honestly say I had no idea what being a Hero really meant, until I read this book! It will change your life. God works in many ways, and I believe he worked through Derwin to relay his message and love through this book.
Derwin Gray not only writes this heroic message – he lives it! For over ten years I have watched his authentic life and passionate Biblical teaching infuse Spiritual courage into the hearts of men who had grown numb in a culture that is filled with disappointment.
Renee Swope Best Selling Author, Radio Host and Executive Director of Proverbs of 31 Ministries
Hero is like a shot of adrenaline. It’ll get you fired up to step up and assume your God-given responsibilities and opportunities as a man.
Mark Batterson Lead Pastor, National Community Church, Washington, D.C.