In this groundbreaking e-book complete with streaming video embedded in the text, pdfs that can be downloaded and much more, Mark DeYmaz challenges long-held, erroneous, assumptions concerning the Homogeneous Unit Principle. For decades this principle has been promoted as the modus operandi for those who would plant, grow or develop successful churches in the United States typically measured by numbers, dollars and buildings. But, we should ask, Is the Homogeneous Unit Principle biblical?
In this book, you’ll learn what the principle’s progenitor, Donald McGavran, himself, had to say about the HUP; that it’s “primarily a missionary and evangelistic principle.” You’ll learn, too, of McGavran’s own warning that with any misunderstanding or misapplication of the HUP, “there is a danger that congregations…become exclusive, arrogant, and racist. That danger must be resolutely combated.” And with prophetic voice, that’s just what this book sets out to do!
Far from bashing the HUP, DeYmaz shows how the HUP more accurately and biblically applies to church planting, growth and development today. Models of engagement are also outlined and provided pointing the way to future effectiveness for all those who desiring to plant, pastor or lead local churches for the sake of the gospel in an increasingly diverse and cynical society.
Mark DeYmaz wants you to feel uncomfortable in a racially segregated church that doesn’t reflect the make-up of the surrounding community. Our implicit acceptance of the idea that we worship with people who look just like us communicates to the outside world that something other than the cross of Jesus Christ (whether it be social class, ethnicity, musical style, or race) unites the church. DeYmaz challenges the status quo in this thought-provoking and convicting book.
In this quick, hard hitting book, Mark DeYmaz tackles the issue of churches segregated by race and class. He clearly explains how the evangelical church’s attempts to be culturally relevant have turned them into culturally and racially segregated units. Mark gives practical advice for how churches can avoid this and still engage the culture wisely.
I am very thankful to have this book as a resource, and I believe the church will be challenged and changed because of it. It provides a compelling reassessment of the HUP and offers a practical understanding of the biblical call to multi-ethnic churches. Read it.