Rodney M. Woo
Chapter 1
The Beginning, the End, and
Everything in Between
The Beginning
• My Beginning
Biblical Studies
Personal Experience
Family Heritage
Heart for Evangelism
• God’s Beginning (Gen. 1)
– Made in His Image
– Diversity and Unity within the Trinity
• Your Beginning
The End-The Heavenly Tribe
Rev. 7:9-10
• One Voice
– Definition of a Multiracial Church-The multiracial
congregation is composed of racially diverse
believers united by their faith in Christ, who makes
disciples of all the nations in anticipation of the
ultimate racial reunion around the throne.
The End-The Heavenly Tribe
Rev. 7:9-10
• Ready or Not (Rev. 19:7-9; Eph. 5:25-27)
– Worship services are choir rehearsals in
preparation for the ultimate racial reunion around
the throne.
• A Little Slice of Heaven
– No majority group
– 44 different nations
And Everything in Between
(Eph. 2:13-14)
• Sin Separates Us
– Isa. 59:1-2
• Christ Unites Us
– The Blood of Christ
• Peace Defines Us
– Christ is our Peace
• Let the Walls Fall Down
– Eph. 2:14b; Matt. 27:51
• No Fear
– Freedom is Near
Chapter 2
Dare to Dream in Color
Matt. 13:31-33
Prov. 29:18
The Call to
The Interviews
• The Initial Interview
• The Church-wide Interview
• The Voice of One
– Esther 4:14
• Conflict with the Name “Woo”
Formation of the Mission
• Personal Relationship with Christ
– Common Denominator
• Intentionally Multiracial
– Internal and External Forces
• Transforming Unbelievers to Missionaries
– Missionary Sending Base
Spreading the
John 4:42
Practical Application
• Patiently Learn God’s Vision for the Church
Abraham (Gen. 22:1)
Samuel (1 Sam. 3:4)
Isaiah (Isa. 6:8)
All Respond with “Here I Am.”
• Act on God’s Vision as Revealed in His Word
– God speaks, we respond
• Gen. 22:3
• Esther 4:14
Chapter 3
The Belief behind the Behavior: a
Theology of Multiracial Churches
The Need for Theology
• Key Question
– Is the multiracial model a biblical model?
• Key Truth
– Your beliefs determine your behavior and your
behavior reflects your beliefs.
The Theology of Unity
• Eph. 4:1-7
– 7 times “one” appears
• Deut. 6:4
• John 17:22
The Theology
of Diversity
Eph. 4:1-2
Putting Theology into Practice
• Humility
– Phil. 2:5
• Gentleness
– Conscious exercise of self-control
• Patience
– Suffering long without giving up
• Forbearance
– Permission to be different
A Divine Calling
to Wilcrest
Theology of Discomfort
(2 Cor. 12:7-10)
• Biblical Examples
– Jesus (Heb. 5:8)
– Moses after 40 years in the wilderness (Num 12:3)
• 75% Principle
– Place of Contrast
Images of Multiracial
• One Church
– Ekklesia - “Called out ones”
• The Body of Christ
– 1 Cor. 12:12-27
• Example of Biracial marriages
Images of Multiracial
• One Family
– 1 Pet. 3:17; Gal 6:10; Eph. 2:19-22
• New household of reconciliation
• Fellowship
– “Common”
– Table Fellowship
• Luke 14:15-24
Chapter 4
The Biblical Model of Repentance
from Racism
Racism and Prejudice
Homogeneous Unit
Principle (HUP)
The Road to Repentance
(2 Cor. 7:8-10)
• Worldly Sorrow vs. Godly Sorrow
– Judas vs. King David
• Repentance with Regret vs. Repentance
without Regret
– King Saul vs. Peter
• The Atmosphere of Repentance
– Judgment
The Seven Marks of Repentance
(2 Cor. 7:11)
• Earnestness
– Taking every detail of sin seriously
• Vindication
– Defense of repentance by not being charged with
same sin
• Indignation
– Profound disgust with sin
• Fear – Phobia
– Primarily with God
The Seven Marks of Repentance
(2 Cor. 7:11)
• Fear – Phobia
– Primarily with God
• Longing
– Yearning to restore intimacy with God
• Zeal
– Burning fervor to maintain purity in relationship with
• Restitution
– Making right the wrong
Chapter 5
The Great Divide
Current Reality
of Racial
The Initial Divide
The Tower of Babel
Gen. 1:1-9
The Initial Racial
Acts 2:1-11
Let the Walls Fall
Jesus Reaches Across the
Samaritan Wall
• The Divine Mandate
– John 4:4 – “must”
• Six Appeals to the Samaritan Woman –
John 4:7-26
Appeal to Kindness
Appeal to Curiosity
Appeal to Desire
Appeal to Personal Interest
Appeal to Conscience
Appeal to Commitment
The Early Church Reaches
Across the Gentile Wall
• Two Divine Visions
– Acts 10 – Peter and Cornelius
• Divine Intersection
– Acts 10:34-35
• Neither Jew nor Greek
– Gal 3:28
The Great Divide
in the U.S.
Black and White
Crossing the Great Divide
• Crossing Racial Barriers Leads to Crossing
Other Barriers
• Strategies to Bridge Divide
• Sense of Urgency
• Bridging the Racial Leadership Divide
• Bridging the Racial Divide Within
• Country Club vs. Emergency Room
Do You See Yourself as a
Chapter 6
To Cross or Not to Cross
The Crossing of
the Red Sea
The Crossing of
the Jordan
Early Implementation
of the Vision
• Restructuring of the Staff
• The Calling of the 1st African American to
• The 20/20 March through Alief
– Acts 20:20
• Penetration into the Surrounding Community
• Youth Choir Mission Tours
Risk and
Rewards of
Luke 14:25-35
• Celebration of Diversity
• Strong Sense of Acceptance
• Development of a global Christian perspective
• Knowledge in Navigating the American social,
economic, and educational system
• Passing on the Multiracial Vision to the Next
• Relinquish Control of Leadership and the
Ability to Make decisions
• Worship—Styles, Format, language, length
• Family
• Leaving their Comfort Zone
• Prejudices towards Other Races
Chapter 7
Giants in the Land
Giants in the Land
• 1 Cor. 16:9
• Acts 20:29
• Num. 13:17-33
Obstacles from Without
• An Encouraging Word
• Divine Delay
– John 14:29
Obstacles from Within
• Decrease in Attendance
• Decrease in Giving
• Initial Passive Resistance Within
• First Test of Trust
Spiritual Momentum through
Unified Leadership
• Fluctuating Staff
• Shortage of Lay Leadership
The Giant of the
Stop-n-Go Church
The Giant of
Spiritual Fatigue
Facing the Giants-A Biblical ModelDavid and Goliath (1 Sam. 17)
• God often calls the most unlikely and uniquely
gifted individuals to lead the charge
• The Battle requires that we release all human
resources as we place our absolute faith in the
God who will crush Satan under His feet
• Each battle that is fought and won on the racial
battlefront will announce to the world the
greatness and glory of God
Chapter 8
Count the Cost
Forms of Greeting
• Greetings from the Apostle Paul
• Greetings in Wilcrest
The Hand Model
• Advocates of Prejudice – Jewish zealots and
racial purists
• Homogeneous Advocates – Pharisees and
“separate but equal” proponents
• Seekers – God-fearers and interracial
• Fully Integrated Believers – Barnabus/Timothy
and the 6th American
• Missionaries – Jesus/Paul
Chapter 9
Rules of Engagement
The Necessity of
Battles and
Rules of
The 5 ROE (Rules of
Engagement) for MRC
• Making Scripture the Sole Authority in
Determining the Common Ground
– The Jerusalem Council (Acts 15)—Dealing with a
Religious and Cultural Crisis
– Change in Preaching Format
The 5 ROE (Rules of
Engagement) for MRC
• Make the Necessary Adjustments when the
Needs of the Congregation Change
– General Joab—Be Ready and Flexible War
Strategy (2 Sam. 10)
– The Addition of a 2nd Morning Worship Service
The 5 ROE (Rules of
Engagement) for MRC
• Empower Representatives of Each Racial
Group to be Integral Voices in the DecisionMaking Process
– The Faithful 7—Delegating Racial Representation
in Leadership (Acts 6:1-7)
– The Calling of an African-American to Leadership
The 5 ROE (Rules of
Engagement) for MRC
• Do not be afraid to Take Risks that Contain
Learning Benefits to Accomplish the Mission
– The Apostle Paul—The Faithful Risk-taker (2 Cor.
– The MRC plant
– The Indonesians are Coming
The 5 ROE (Rules of
Engagement) for MRC
• Deal with any Racial or Cultural Division that
Threatens Church Unity
– Paul vs. Peter—Showdown at the Table
(Gal. 2:11-14)
– Deacon Defection
Chapter 10
The Role of Worship in the MRC
Defining Worship
• The Audience of One
• The Isaiah 6 Model
• The John 4:24 Model
• Observation of WBC Worship in 2002
Aspects of Corporate
Multiracial Worship
• Music
• Preaching
• Use of Greeters
• The Time Factor
• Expressive Worship vs. Quiet Behavior in
• Use of Different Languages
Models of How to Lead a
Multiracial Service
• Assimilation Model
• Using Music that is New to All Cultures
• Culturally Conscious Worship Model
Key Breakthroughs in
Multiracial Worship
• The Vision of Hasan Khan
• Being Slain in the Spirit
Approaches to
Bridge the Gap
A Little of
Heaven on Earth
Chapter 11
Leadership in a MRC
The Need for
We Need a Few Good
What Does the Bible Say
• 1 Tim. 3:1-12
• Tit. 3:1-10
Character Sketch of a
Multiracial Leader
• Exposure and Experience with Multiple
Races—John 1:14, 18, 1 Cor. 9:19-23
• A Strong Biblical Base
• An Evangelistic Heart—Matt. 28:19-20
• A Global Vision—Acts 1:8
• A Teachable Spirit—1 Cor. 11:1
Character Sketch of a
Multiracial Leader
• A Forbearing Spirit—Phil. 4:5
• Advocate of Shared Diverse Leadership—Acts
• Seasoned Facilitator in Conflict Resolution
• Person of Passionate Prayer—1 Thess. 5:17;
Luke 18:1; Acts 2:42
Practical Application
• Making Personal Preparation—Ps. 78:72
• Creating Urgency—God’s Vision vs. Current
• Establishing a Vision Community
• Discerning the Vision and Determining Its Path
Practical Application
• Communicating the Vision—1 Cor. 11:26
• Empowering the Vision Community—Matt. 10
and Matt. 28:19-20
• Implementing Changes in Congregational
Life—Acts 15; 2 Thess. 3:11-15; Eph. 2
• Reinforcing Momentum and Direction of
Transformation—John 13:34; 1 John 4:7
Chapter 12
The Call to the Nations
The Biblical Call to Missions
• The Covenant with Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3)
• The Covenant with Moses (Exod. 19:4-6)
• The Covenant with David (2 Sam. 7:9-11)
• Covenant with the NT Church
• My Personal Covenant
The MRC of Missions
• Where Do We Start
• Jonah: A Missionary to All Nations—Jonah
1:1-2; 3:1-2
• Missionary Trip to Mexico under James Darby
• Mission Trip to Kenya
The MRC of Missions
• Mission Misfire
• Generational Missionaries
– 1st Generational Missionary—We want to help you
– 2nd Generational Missionary—We will work together
– 3rd Generational Missionary—We will learn from you
The MRC of Missions
• Going on Missions vs. Being a Missionary
• Pursuit of the Dream—American Dream vs.
God’s Dream
The MRC of Missions
• Go Home and Tell
– Gerasene Demoniac (Mk. 5:1-20)
– Pentecost and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 2:1-11;
• The Wilcrest Expression of Missions
• Mission Trip to Nigeria
Chapter 13
Multiplying the Vision
Questioning the
Projection of the Vision
15 Years from Now
• Race Does Not Matter
– Wilcrest will serve as a training center for exposure
– Wilcrest will serve as a training center for
• Race Still Matters
John 4:22
Acts 1:8
Mission Impossible—Exceptions
• Churches located in area with only one race
• Lack of Common Language
• Unique Circumstances of 1st Generation
Immigration Groups
• Unhealthy church that would cause more
destruction—go plant a MRC
Practical Steps in Moving
Toward a MRC
• Exposure
• Education
• Endurance
Rodney M. Woo

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