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

“One of the reasons why I think God has blessed this is that we have been crazy enough to trust him to do what people said was not possible.”

“It wasn’t like, “Oh, this is bait and switch, oh, this is you being woke.’ No, this has been us from day one. And of course, there are people who leave, and we graciously want to have a conversation and allow them to leave. But for everyone that’s left, young Millennials and Gen Z have replaced them.”

“For leaders, you have to love people more than you love to lead. You have to love people more than you love to preach. It’s about loving people because God loved us.” 

“First and foremost, I love Jesus, and I don’t love him because I worked it up. I love him because he met me at my darkest.”

“Leadership is about embodying, so I want to serve Transformation Church, number one, by delighting in Christ.” 

“Never forget the pit that [God] drug you out of.”

“I want pastors to understand: Before you are called a pastor, you’re called a son.” 

“Football taught me so much about leadership. If you want to be successful in the game, you have to know your playbook. If you really want to be successful, you have to know your opponent’s playbook. So I am perpetually learning.” 

“My wife and I are really big on, if you’re married, you lead out of your marriage.” 

“If we are not discipling our staff, we are prostituting our staff.”

“The way the world is now, you don’t need a big publisher to write. Write because it’s in your heart and you believe it’s beneficial to the church and God’s calling you to do it.”

“Happiness and holiness are two sides of the same coin.” 

“God is inviting us into a happiness that transcends pandemics, that transcends political division.” 

“A lot of pastors are discouraged, and what I want to say is, we have to discover a new way, which is an ancient way, to shepherd.” 

Mentioned in the Show by Dr. Derwin Gray

The Beatitudes
Rev. 7:9
Rom. 8:29
Rom. 12

Amplify Outreach
George Floyd
Pete Scazzero
Transformation Church

Books by Dr. Derwin Gray:

Building a Multiethnic Church: A Gospel Vision of Love, Grace, and Reconciliation in a Divided World
God, Do You Hear Me?: Discover the Prayer God Always Answers
The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness

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