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Q&A Webinar with Derwin Gray on Church Multiplication

October 29, 2015

*Normally, these webinars are for Plus Members only, but as a gift, we wanted to let anyone take a peek into this webinar to see what they’re all about. Every month, Plus Members get to submit their very own questions that they want answered by these thought leaders. So here you go! Enjoy 🙂

This month’s guest is Derwin L. Gray, who is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina. For three out of the last five years, TC has been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine.

Click here to read a blog post that was written based on this webinar.

10 Tweetables from the Webinar:

  • Transformation Church plays music that minorities feel and that Caucasians know.
  • Hip Hop has been more effective than the church at creating a multi-ethnic community.
  • The biblical and theological starting point of the multi-ethnic church is the gospel.
  • Don’t try to plant a multi-ethnic church if you do not practice an authentic multi-ethnic life.
  • Theological inbreeding produces deformity.
  • Grace makes us ‘unoffendable.’
  • Instead of recruiting multi-ethnic people for your launch team, go out and start a friendship with multi-ethnic people.
  • An elephant in the room is that it’s easier for white guys to raise more money for church planting than it is for minorities.
  • Sociological answers will never solve theological problems.
  • Appointing multi-ethnic leaders in a multi-ethnic church isn’t affirmative action but biblical wisdom (see Acts 6).

Biography:

Pastor Derwin met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University. They have been married for 23 years and have two children. After graduating from Brigham Young University, Pastor Derwin played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). During that time, he and Vicki began their journey with Christ and experienced God’s faithfulness and direction as He moved their hearts to know Him and make Him known. Read the “Life Story” tab to find out about the “Naked Preacher” who told Pastor Derwin about Jesus!

Pastor Derwin and Vicki began an itinerant speaking ministry in 1999–One Heart At A Time Ministries–and Pastor Derwin went on to graduate magna cum laude from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, with a concentration in Apologetics. But following God’s call on their lives and their desire to shepherd people towards transforming their world through the mission of Christ, the Lord transitioned Derwin from his primary role of itinerant speaker to being the Lead Pastor of Transformation Church in January of 2010. Coupling his dynamic speaking style with a shepherd’s heart, his intense passion for seeing lives and culture transformed is both contagious and inspiring.

In addition to his role at Transformation Church, Pastor Derwin speaks at conferences nationwide and is recognized by many as the “Evangelism Linebacker.” Pastor Derwin is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary.

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