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Church Without Borders


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Mathew Kuruvilla has been the Senior Pastor of Parkside Baptist Church in Sydney, Australia for over 30 years. Parkside Church is a diverse community, with people from over 60 different nations making it their home. Mathew has several years' experience in cross-cultural ministry including time on board Logos and ministering among various communities in India. Mathew is a graduate of Morling College and has been pastoring churches in Australia since 1983. He is married to Savi and they have two adult children: a daughter, Sherina, and a son, Jason, married to Viviane.


Mathew Kuruvilla calls on the church and its leaders to break down old barriers and to live faithfully by returning to our Christian multiethnic roots. Through personal stories, his own rich experience at Parkside Church and examination of biblical text, he leads the way in how to build and nurture a true community of diversity.Rev. Tim Costello AOChief Advocate, World Vision Australia Mathew Kuruvilla has given an important and necessary voice to the biblical injunction for our gospel communities to be ethnically inclusive in Christ. This is a well written and well thought out 'how' and 'why' of the multiethnic church. It is written with conviction and a long history of pastoral experience. I personally know that Mathew's church reflects what he has taught. If the church fails to heed this word, the world will one day wake up and rightly accuse us Christians for claiming a unity in Christ while retreating to segregated enclaves. This is truly a gospel issue.Ray Galea Lead Pastor at Multicultural Bible Ministry, Sydney, Australia Mathew Kuruvilla inspires and challenges every Christian to epitomise Jesus by welcoming people of all nations into safe asylums, especially the church. A brilliant, practical 'travel guide' for pastors and leaders on the journey towards creating a place of God's refuge for their multiethnic communities.Katharine Dale Multicultural Engagement Officer, The Salvation Army Mathew Kuruvilla has proved himself a thought-leading pioneer in the global, growing movement to establish healthy multiethnic churches for the sake of the gospel ... churches in which diverse men and women walk, work and worship God together as one to proclaim a credible witness of God's love for all people. In Church without Borders, Mathew shares experiential knowledge gleaned from nearly thirty years of personal and vocational engagement at Parkside Church: insight and wisdom those intending to walk a similar path would do well to internalise, and from which they will greatly benefit.Dr Mark DeYmazFounding Pastor, Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas; co-founder, Mosaix Global Network; author, Building a Healthy Multiethnic Church and Disruption: Repurposing Your Church to Redeem the Community Inspired by faithfulness to the Bible and informed by years of church leadership, Mathew Kuruvilla has written a powerful and practical book. He calls us to be the multiethnic body of Christ and in so doing challenges how we do church today. This book comes from the heart and maps out the way forward for multiethnic church discipleship. An essential read!Rev. Dr Ross CliffordPrincipal, Morling College There is a general anxiety in Australia about refugees, especially those who arrive here by boat. But Mathew Kuruvilla provocatively reframes the whole discussion by casting us all as asylum seekers and the church as the place of true asylum. Therefore, he argues, the church should become a safe harbour for all, a multiethnic community of welcome, hospitality and grace. Church without Borders is both inspiring and practical, written by a pastor whose church practises what he's preaching.Rev. Dr Michael FrostMorling College, author, Surprise the World and Keep Christianity Weird

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