Pastors listen to pastors who do pastoring well, and churches ought to listen to churches that do church well. Theory sounds better on paper more often than it works, but churches that 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 multiethnic church, to a high-definition vision of what the church must become in an America increasingly filled with racial tension. Both Derwin’s story and Transformation Church’s are visions of a new kind of church. No vision is more needed in the United States of America because if our churches don’t become multiethnic 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 becom- ing united churches as a prophetic voice for a more united nation.
Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary