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Derwin Gray: Why the (Multiethnic) Church Is Impossible Without the Gospel

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Dr. Derwin Gray is co-founder and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community located in Indian Land, S.C. He’s also the author of several books, including “God, Do You Hear Me?: Discover the Prayer God Always Answers” and “The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness.” His latest book is “Building a Multiethnic Church: A Gospel Vision of Love, Grace, and Reconciliation in a Divided World.” Derwin and his wife, Vicki, have been married since 1992 and have two children, Presley and Jeremiah.

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Key Questions for Dr. Derwin Gray

-How did you come to pastor a multiethnic congregation? 

-How do you navigate leading a multiethnic church during the highly politicized times that we are living in? 

-What do you do as a leader to keep yourself sharp and fit?

-How can pastors encourage their staffs in ongoing personal development? 

Key Quotes from Dr. Derwin Gray

“The more I read the Bible, the more I fell in love with Jesus and the more I fell in love with Jesus, the more I wanted people to fall in love with him too. Because if he could change me, he could change anyone.” 

“God is a covenant keeper who fulfills his promise through Jesus, and it overflows into a multiethnic church that’s centered around the gospel.”

“I believe the church images forth God’s goodness in the midst of chaos.” 

“I don’t particularly like using the term ‘multiethnic’ because for Paul, ‘ekklesia’ the ‘called-out ones,’ would have been Jews and Gentiles, who have been called out of darkness into the marvelous might in response to the majestic work of Jesus.”

“There is a majestic, beautiful power when [people of] unlikely difference become a community.” 

“One church service we had an older white guy with a MAGA hat and MAGA shirt literally right next to a Black girl with a Black Lives Matter shirt on with an afro both hands raised worshiping the Lord.”

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