God and Race
A Guide for Moving Beyond Black Fists and White Knuckles
John Siebeling, Wayne Francis
- 272 Pages
- On-Sale Date: 01/18/2022
- ISBN: 9780063087224
- Trim Size: 6.000in x 9.000in x 0.890in
A White pastor and a Black pastor, close friends who have each built racially diverse congregations, offer a model Christians can follow to open necessary conversations about race, encourage unity, and foster mutual respect to heal a wounded nation riven by racial tension and political tribalism.
For years, Pastors John Siebeling and Wayne Francis have led thriving congregations that are the embodiment of diversity; Siebeling in Memphis and Francis in New York City. Many churches and leaders have sought their counsel, hoping to emulate their success.
At the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in Summer 2020, they pooled their insights and experiences to help others facilitate conversations about racism. The guide they developed is the basis of God and Race.
Siebeling and Francis examine the White-Black tension from both perspectives and answer all the uncomfortable questions we’re afraid to ask—regarding ourselves, our families, our work and relationships, and the church. Most important, they provide practical steps anyone can take to become part of the solution. Whether you are a church leader or just a caring person who wants to make a difference, God and Race provides inspiration and guidance to help you become an agent of reconciliation and change. These two wise pastors teach you how to find your voice and join Jesus in healing, to help bring our divided communities together with open minds, open hearts, and open hands.
Many Christian books on race either do not ask the hard questions or, if they do, speak as critics outside the mainstream church. Siebeling and Francis probe the meaning of racial reconciliation and reveal how the church can be a positive and effective leader to move us forward, beyond hate and injustice, to equality and love.
John Siebeling is the founding and senior pastor of The Life Church based in Memphis, Tennessee, a thriving, diverse body of believers committed to serving people, developing leaders, and impacting generations. John serves as a founding board member of the Association of Related Churches and is the author of several books, including Fresh Start with God and Worry Free Finances. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Memphis, Tennessee and serve together with their two adult children, Anna and Mark.
Wayne Francis leads the New York City location of The Life Church and was the founder and lead pastor of the former Authentic Church, which merged with The Life Church in early 2020. Wayne and his wife, Claudene, have been married for twenty years and have two beautiful teenage daughters, Haleigh and Ryleigh.
“John and Wayne are trustworthy guides, fleshing out these ideas on the front lines, every day. Not only do they tell us unity is possible, they show us how to undertake the journey. If you want to be part of the answer, this book is for you.” — Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women
“Wayne and John have stepped into the middle of our extreme racial tension with stunning clarity. They’re showing us how to initiate conversations that help us find answers together. I can’t wait to see the impact their perspectives have on how the world approaches God and race.” — Tauren Wells, Grammy-nominated Christian music artist and Dove Award winner
"Pastors Wayne and John model what it means to live and lead within the beauty of unified diversity – there’s no stronger pairing to bring such an amazing book to the world to guide the rest of us!” — Dr. Mike Burnette, Pastor of the LifePoint Church, author of Parable Church
"Preaching on race right now feels like tap dancing through a minefield. But Wayne Francis is the best dancer I know. Wayne and John Siebeling chart a courageous course of practical STEPS in this crucial area of modern discipleship. Open your hands, open your heart, and open this outstanding book!" — Tim Lucas, founder and lead pastor of Liquid Church, author of Liquid Church
"While flexing both essential muscles of conviction and compassion, Wayne and John provide a resource that is not only helpful, but also hopeful, for all who wish to see dividing walls be brought down among God's beautifully diverse family." — Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church and author of A Gentle Answer and Beautiful People Don't Just Happen-