Repairing Disparities in American Church Planting

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Featuring Dhati Lewis and Daniel Yang

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A show about people of color leading movements that are shaping the future church

By 2040, America will have no majority race for the first time. People of color will comprise more than half of the U.S. population. By then, Generation Z will have come into organizational leadership and today’s models and networks will have either expired or given birth to new ventures. And for now, every network and denomination scrambles to respond to these shifts, bringing both tensions and opportunities.


Join Dhati and Daniel as they lead crucial conversations around missiology, organizational leadership, and how to partner with minority-led networks that are shaping the future church in America.

Episode #2:
Repairing Disparities in American Church Planting
Tuesday | December 14, 2021 | 11AM ET

In future episodes, Dhati and Daniel will host minority leaders of culturally effective church movements. But in their second conversation, they’re digging in deeper to identify the residual effects of things like Jim Crow on the modern-day church and church planting movements in America. While some may point to how segregation ended over fifty years ago, our modern-day language of “multi-racial” and “multi-ethnic” church is a reminder that we’re still not yet even a full generation removed from it. While the word of the law may be abolished, does the spirit of the law remain?

Dhati and Daniel will discuss how minority-led networks are a part of repairing disparities within networks and denominations created and perpetuated just a generation ago.

Featured Guests

Dhati Lewis

Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the President of Send Network

Daniel Yang

Director of the Send Institute

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Dhati Lewis

Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the President of Send Network with the North American Mission Board. He was born and raised in California and later moved to Texas where he completed his undergraduate studies from the University of North Texas. He later earned his master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During his time in Texas, he started a college ministry, served as a chaplain to UNTs football team, coached high-school football, became a college pastor, and eventually planted a church. In all these years of ministry, Dhati became increasingly burdened to see healthy disciple-making churches in the city. This burden grew until the Lord gave Dhati a clear vision to plant a church-planting church in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2009, Dhati, along with twenty-five others, moved to Atlanta with the goal to become the last generation of believers who have to leave the urban context in search of sound discipleship.

Dhati is is most passionate about making disciples, equipping urban leaders, and loving his family. On any given day you might find Dhati changing a plan, coaching his kids in basketball, or strategizing on a whiteboard. Dhati has seven beautiful children and is married to Angie, a discerning woman who empowers and encourages him to live fully in his identity in Christ. He is the author of both the Bible Study and book, Among Wolves: Disciple Making in the City and Advocates: The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation.

Daniel Yang

Daniel is the Director of the Send Institute, leading and overseeing all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, he planted a church in Toronto where he also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. Daniel has served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where he was trained as a church planter and involved in global and multi-faith engagement. Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eight years. He earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also the co-author of Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church (InterVarsity, May 2022).


Bill Couchenour

Bill Couchenour has a fervent desire to see Gospel saturation locally, regionally, and throughout the US. He has served churches across the country for over 30 years. As Director of Learning Communities at Exponential, he provides strategic and operational oversight of Exponential’s R&D and expanding educational opportunities. He facilitates the Exponential Learning Communities that have included Future Travelers and Radical Multisite and, currently, Multipliers: Leading Beyond Addition. He also serves network and denominational leaders of church planting movements with the Exponential resources. Bill also serves as a Governing Elder and Board Member at the Underground Network, a network of micro-churches around the world that is based in Tampa, FL. He has also served in leadership for several other organizations including; Youth for Christ, Heartland Christian School, and BeTheChangeProject, and cofounded the Cornerstone Knowledge Network. Bill is married to Pam, and they have four adult children and three grandchildren. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and an MBA from The University of Tampa.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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