• Hearing in Technicolor


In a 2011 State of the City Address, the mayor of pastor and author Mark Hearn’s city said there were fifty-seven languages spoken at the local high school. Hearn left asking himself, How should our church respond?

This question led to a movement that brought First Baptist Duluth to reflecting its surrounding community. This journey was captured in Pastor Hearn’s first book, Technicolor: Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry. Now, nearly five years after Technicolor, members of his congregation discuss the joys, struggles, and triumphs of being a part of a multi-ethnic church- providing a glimpse of the nature of a church that reflects its community.


what people are saying

  • Hearn is not just writing about racial reconciliation and diversity in the church, he is living it! I have been in his church, and it is incredibly encouraging to see the powerful and colorful work of God there. Read this book. Do this book.

    John Avant, president of Life Action Ministry author of Yes Changes Everything, Revival Revived, If God Were Real, Authentic Power, and The Passion Promise

  • Pastor Hearn has his finger on the pulse of this community. He sees and hears the needs of a diverse group of people and works to understand and appreciate the perspectives of many.

    Dr. Erin Hahn, principal B. B. Harris Elementary School, Duluth, Georgia

  • Intentionality. Without this, churches in the West are going to inevitably drift the way that our culture is meandering toward its own echo chambers. This will effectively render the church impotent and irrelevant to reaching our neighborhoods and cities for Christ. Allow my friend Mark to guide you along a journey to hear in technicolor—postured in a way where you and your church can be used by God for the reconciliation of all things.

    Daniel Im, pastor, Beulah Alliance Church Edmonton, Alberta, podcaster and author of several books, most recently You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies about Work, Life, and Love

  • In a country and a world where the church is still one of the most ethnically segregated communities, it is refreshing to read the story of a worshiping community continuing to do diverse work and share what they are learning on the journey. The intentional move from monocultural to multicultural work, life, and ministry is not easy, but it is some of the best work we may ever do. Mark Hearn’s storytelling provides insight and encouragement for anyone looking for courage to begin the journey toward healthy, diverse ministry.

    Nikki Lerner, culture coach, coleader of the Multicultural Worship Leaders Network, coauthor of Worship Together: In Your Church as in Heaven

  • The ministry and writing of Mark Hearn are insightful and challenging for the church in North America to live missionally by becoming more like our neighborhoods. Dr. Hearn challenges churches not to retreat from transitioning neighborhoods of diversity but to go forward with a kingdom mind-set to share the Good News of Jesus’ love. His ministry at First Baptist Duluth has been an example that has inspired the transformation of our church in Marietta, Georgia, to become a family of many cultures and generations living the gospel in real relationships.

    Dr. Michael Lewis, lead pastor Roswell Street Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia

  • Hearing in Technicolor is a must-read to impact our communities for the Savior Jesus Christ. In a generation filled with voices and noises distracting believers, this book is a clear beacon to refocus the community of Jesus to the needy and diverse community around us.

    Rev. Fouad Masri, founder of Crescent Project in Nashville, Tennessee

  • This is the finest book that I have read about the intentionality and sensitivity to be an ecclesiastical multiethnic community of faith. Pastor Mark Hearn’s sequel to Technicolor is compelling, educative, and timely. The book is an essential treatise for all mission-minded pastors passionate about breaking through cultural barriers. If you only read one book on the art of hearing the voices of different cultures and ministering to their needs in the hope of winning them to Christ . . . read this one.

    Rev. Dr. John Ojewole, lead pastor at Agape International Church and Ministries, a multiethnic faith community in Antioch, California

  • This book is a must-read for those of us pastoring multicultural churches as well as for all who long to see their churches look more like heaven. Mark Hearn and Darcy Wiley give practical steps to help us make previous identities secondary to God’s greater gospel story.

    Jimmy Scroggins, lead pastor at Family Church, West Palm Beach, Florida, coauthor of Full Circle Parenting and Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations

  • There are times that you come across a book and just know that what the author says is exactly what you’ve been trying to understand, embrace, and express yourself. Mark Hearn has master- fully done it in a way that is based on current realities, backed by facts and real examples. This dynamic book is for people who want to be used by God to love all people and just don’t know how to go about doing it. He who has an ear, let him hear. Read this book, it can be life-changing for you and your ministry.

    Dr. Kenneth Tan, senior consultant Leadership Development at Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Doctorate in Multicultural Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)

  • In his book Hearing in Technicolor, Mark Hearn shares his decade-long journey into multicultural ministry. This book is an expansion of his previous book Technicolor, inviting the twenty- first-century church into a deeper level of spirituality embracing the colorful voices of the church. This is a practical resource for ministry for both pastors and lay congregational leaders.

    Dr. Chakravarthy Zadda, senior pastor at First Baptist Church Waukesha, Wisconsin, member of the Interfaith Commission Baptist World Alliance

  • I appreciate Dr. Hearn’s accomplishment. He has reflected the essence of how to be the church in a practical, dynamic way in this multicultural generation. From his heart he describes the experiences and interpersonal relationships present in a multicultural church. A beautiful picture of what it will be like when we live forever with the Lord.

    Rev. Hugo Villegas, pastor at El Buen Baptist Church and Hispanic Missionary for Scott County Baptist Association, Mississippi

the author

Mark Hearn has been a pastor for more than thirty-five years. Since 2010, he has served as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Duluth, Georgia, one of the most diverse counties in America. During his tenure, the church has transformed from a monolithic Anglo-American congregation to a cross-cultural community with members from thirty-seven different countries. Pastor Mark holds degrees from Carson Newman College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary. Mark and his wife Glenda are the parents of four grown daughters and are proud grandparents.

author q&a

It was a community meeting that inspired you to write your first book. Why did you write this one?

The response to the first book was very gratifying. Many readers expressed appreciation for the stories of our church’s journey into multicultural ministry. However, the missing element was explaining the mindset shifts that had to take place in order to accomplish our mission. “Technicolor” was written in 2016 (and published in 2017), about five years into the church’s journey.

Now, some five years after “Technicolor’s publication,”, I am able to look back and see the paradigm shift with much greater clarity. I felt the best way to tell the story was through the eyes of the people that experienced it. Therefore, I enlisted the help of a collaborative author (Darcy Wiley) who would interview 35 people from the church and our affiliated partners in order to explain the seismic shifts necessary for our transition.

For whom did you write this book?

This book is for any church leaders who find themselves with less diversity in their churches than is present in their communities. A vast demographic change is happening now in America. In less than a generation, every major city in America will be majority-minority. However, churches remain dominantly homogenous in their approach to ministry. Churches must look to reflect their community to remain relevant in this era of vast diversification.

During a seminar that I was leading, I was asked; “Do you think that every church should become a multicultural church?” I responded, “Not every church has the same demographic opportunity to become multicultural. However, I do believe that every church should seek ways to reach the entirety of their community. And for most churches that will involve crossing cultural lines and will require an openness to being multicultural in their approach.”

Why is it necessary for pastors and churches to keep up with what is changing in their communities?

Many communities are changing without the church noticing. Diversity is exploding in many areas while the churches remain predominantly homogenous in their approach. In our situation, Duluth was more than 90 percent Anglo in the 1990 census. However, now the city is 36 percent Anglo. And among the school-age children of the city, the number is closer to 16 percent. This drastic change in demographics was already in process when I moved to the area in 2010. However, the church remained more than 90 percent Anglo and much of the programming was obviously geared to attract the majority culture. Not all communities will experience the rapid change that happened in Duluth. However, all communities ARE changing, and church leaders need to understand the dynamics in their own churches’ mission fields.

How are you continuing the conversation that you started in your first book, Technicolor?

I firmly believe that our church’s journey can be (and should be) replicated in cities across America. Currently I serve as the Homogenous Church Transitioning Director/Coach for the Mosaix Global Network of Churches. This role has afforded me the opportunity to aid churches in their own personal transition journey. To date I have led workshops, conducted personal coaching sessions and provided consulting services for churches in eight different states.

What role do members play in establishing a multi-ethnic church? Talk about the mindset shifts you witnessed in members at First Baptist Duluth (FBC Duluth).

The book is divided into three sections: legacies (church members with more than 25 years invested at our church), languages (those that FBC Duluth is their first experience in a church outside of their native language or culture group) and leaders (from within the church but also in the community and denominational service). Each of these groups has had a distinctive path of transition that has involved mindset shifts.

Hearing in Technicolor is showing how these diverse beginning points can merge into a powerful gospel force to impact a multicultural community with the gospel message.

How does this book help pastors effectively lead their congregations to embrace multicultural ministry?

When I began this journey some 10 years ago, I read everything I could find on multicultural ministry. Most of what had been published at that time was about how to plant a multicultural church with diversity in the DNA from its beginning. However, very little had been documented concerning existing churches attempting to effectively reflect their transitioning communities. This book will help  those churches capture a glimpse of the process and witness the hope that comes from seeing people of diversity embrace one another around the common cause of the gospel.

What do you hope readers will take from this book?

Years ago I would tell colleagues and ministry leaders of my vision for a church that would reflect the diversity of our community and effectively reach all people groups. Oftentimes I would hear discouraging feedback. Some would claim that what I sought—though admirable—was actually impossible. I want people reading this book to realize that those who gather primarily to proliferate the gospel without the boundaries of culture or language is not only POSSIBLE, but it is the MISSION of the New Testament church!

press inquiries

For press inquiries regarding Hearing in Technicolor,
please contact Jenaye White
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