In the spirit of Lebron James’ “Big Decision,” I thought it would be appropriate to title this post The BIG Announcement. For those of you who follow my Twitter/Facebook streams, you are aware that I’ve had something to share and I can’t wait to share it. Well that something to share is a message and a burden that God has laid on my heart for as long as I can remember.
That message, burden and story to share is dealing with the lack of ethnic diversity in the church, and the taboo nature of the overall discussion. For years as a Prison Warden, I dealt with the tough issues of race, ethnicity and religion behind the walls and razor wire. As a lobbyist and Political Consultant, I was able to be a part of making some impact in the areas of race and ethnicity at all levels of our political system.
As a pastor, I have been burdened by the fact that a statement Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made over 40 years ago still rings true today, “We must face the sad fact that at 11 o’clock on Sunday morning, when we stand to sing… we stand in the most segregated hour in America, and the most segregated school is Sunday School.”
Let’s cut to the chase. After months of negotiations and conversations with a number of Christian Publishing Companies, including some of the largest. I have signed a book publishing deal with New Leaf Publishing Group, for a book that will address the issue of the lack of diversity in the church. The book will identify the primary reasons why, confront those issues head on and offer practical solutions to address this age-old problem.
More details on the release date, title etc. to come. For those of you that know me, you probably already know what the title will be. 🙂
I am looking forward to working with the great people at New Leaf, as a matter of fact I have a strategy meeting with them for most of the day today. They are bringing Jon Dale in to be a part of this meeting and help with the overall strategy. If you don’t know who Jon is, he was one of the 9 people that was selected to go through Seth Godin’s MBA Program. I love New Leaf’s commitment to this project. Again, more info. to come in the near future…
I want to personally thank those whom I’ve worked closely with in ministry, every single person who has ever sent me an encouraging note, read my blog, tweets and Facebook updates. Thanks for listening to the things that I have to share and thanks for being a part of my offline/online family. Through your engagement, God has given me a platform to share this bold and needed message with the world.
The BIG Announcement… dream BIG. think BIGGER.
(Disclosure) Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will not be writing the book with me; however it will have some commentary from some super stars.