As America grows increasingly brown, the Church must be equipped to interact on a cross-cultural level organically. It cannot be mandated like civil rights laws or equal employment requirements. Racial reconciliation must naturally emanate from us just like little children learn to walk and talk. Youngsters naturally want to get up and move about on both feet. As their little chubby legs grow stronger, their eagerness to stand upright also grows. To speed the process along, parents coach, coax, and encourage the natural practice. This same practice is what Dr. Ireland does in One in Christ in the arena of diversity.
Warmth, regard, and respect emanated from Jesus toward others—all others. Part of His allure was the fact He was comfortable in His own skin. That made others who approached Him comfortable in their skin. This quality fuels the deconstruction of walls—tearing down the barriers that keep us apart. The beauty is, this quality can be learned. In fact, at the cellular structure of Christianity is the ability to be cross-cultural. The Great Commission proclaims it. Jesus said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). The word nation is the Greek word ethnos, where we derive the English word ethnic. In essence, the last charge Jesus gave His followers was to become cross-cultural ambassadors. This is not optional! We must become racially accommodating.
Regnery Faith (March 26, 2018)
150 pages | $24.99
One in Christ
One in Christ: Bridging Racial & Cultural Divides
Publisher: Regnery Faith
Pub date: March 26, 2018
Dr. David Ireland is founder and lead pastor of Christ Church, a thriving 8,000-member multiracial, multisite worship community in northern New Jersey. He and his wife, Marlinda, have been married since 1984 and have two adult daughters.
Dr. Ireland grew up in Queens, New York and invited Jesus Christ to become the Lord of his life during college. At that time he was an engineering student. Dr. Ireland earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Shortly after he began working in consulting engineering, he answered God’s call to plant a new church. In 1986, with only six other adults, the Irelands founded what is now known as Christ Church.
Early in the life of the church Dr. Ireland sensed God’s heart deeply leading him to become intentional about ensuring that the church would reflect the multiracial mix of society. Dr. Ireland poignantly remembers the moment he tearfully embraced the church’s God-given mission to unite people to God and people to people. “I was on a routine errand for my then pregnant wife in a local supermarket when suddenly I became mesmerized by the melting pot of races gathered in the store,” Dr. Ireland says. “At that precise moment I heard the Holy Spirit speak this question to my heart, “David, why can’t it be like this in My house?” I knew right then and there that God wanted me to grow and lead a multiracial, multiethnic congregation.”
While leading Christ Church, Dr. Ireland has also authored some twenty books including What Color is Your God?, Secrets of a Satisfying Life, Failure is Written in Pencil, Perfecting Your Purpose, The Skin You Live In, and The Kneeling Warrior: Winning Your Battles Through Prayer and has earned a master’s degree in theology from Alliance Theological Seminary and an earned doctorate degree in organizational leadership from Regent University. He completed his post-doctoral education at the University of Pennsylvania and formerly served as an adjunct professor at Drew University focusing on training doctoral students in the area of leadership and church growth.
Diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association, Dr. Ireland leads chapel services for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and at the U.S. Pentagon. Ireland has appeared on numerous television shows including The Dr. Phil Show, The CBS Evening News, and The 700 Club. Through his community development corporation, he offers a home for victims of domestic violence, a youth leadership institute, and a statewide abstinence-based program offered in partnership with New Jersey schools. The Reverend Ireland is an appointed member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Initiatives and serves on the boards of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary.
Dr. David Ireland is founder and senior pastor of Christ Church, an 8,500-member multisite congregation in north Jersey of over 60 nationalities. Diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association, Dr. Ireland leads chapel services for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and at the U.S. Pentagon. Author of approximately 20 books including Raising a Child Who Prays, Ireland has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Dr. Phil Show, The CBS Evening News, and The 700 Club. Through his community development corporation, he offers a home for victims of domestic violence.
The Rev. Ireland holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (Fairleigh Dickinson University), a graduate degree in civil engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology), a master’s degree in theology (Alliance Theological Seminary). He has an earned Ph.D. in organizational leadership (Regent University) and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ireland was recently appointed as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Initiatives. He also serves on the boards of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary and was an adjunct professor at Drew University. He and his wife, Marlinda, have been married since 1984 and have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.
The Kneeling Warrior, Charisma House, Orlando, FL, 2013
The Skin You Live In: Building Friendships Across Cultural Lines, Nav Press, Colorado Springs, CO, 2012
Demonstrating the Art of Intercession, IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ, 2011
Developing the Art of Intercession, IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ 2011
Learning the Art of Intercession, IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ, 2011
Journey to the Mountain of God, Warner-Faith, New York, NY, 2006
Secrets of a Satisfying Life, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI 2006
Perfecting Your Purpose, Warner-Faith, New York, NY, 2005
Why Drown When You Can Walk on Water? Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 2004
The Ministry of the Elder, IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ, 2004
The Ministry of the Deacon, IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ 2004
The Upper Room Community, IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ 2004
Doctoral Dissertation: Minority Perspective of Interracial Relationships in Large Multiracial Churches, Virginia Beach, VA: Regent University, 2002
What Color is Your God? IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ 2000
Failure is Written in Pencil, IMPACT Publishing House, Verona, NJ 2000
Activating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA, 1997
|1961:||November 27thborn to Harold and Sylvia Ireland in Kingston, Jamaica (West Indies), the third of four children.|
|1982:||B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ|
|1983:||Licensed and ordained as a minister in the Christian church.|
|1984:||Married Marlinda K. Reaves, his college sweetheart in Egg Harbor, NJ|
|1985:||M.E., Civil Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ|
|1986:||Established Christ Church, previously known as Tabernacle of Love Christian Center.|
|1991:||Master’s in Professional Studies (Theology), Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY|
|1994:||Purchase the former First Baptist Church cathedral in Montclair, NJ with a congregation of 500 members.|
|1996:||Launches Executive Coaching & Consulting Cross Cultural Coaching (Independent Consultant), Rockaway, NJ.|
|2001:||Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS), Organizational Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA|
|2002:||Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.|
|2003:||Chairman of the Board/CEO, IMPACT Community Development Corp., Rockaway, NJ.|
|2003:||Signed purchased contracts for the Christ Church West Campus—a 107-acre Agilent Technologies site featuring 283,000 square feet of buildings and 1,100 parking spaces with ball fields, etc.|
|2005:||Visiting Lecturer, Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY.|
|2005:||Rev. David Ireland is named One of New Jersey’s Top 11 People to Watch in Year 2006—Star Ledger (New Jersey’s top newspaper).|
|2005:||Executive Committee, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (New York City’s 2005 Crusade)|
|2006:||Diversity Coach/Consultant, National Basketball Association, Rookies Transition Program.|
|2007:||Visiting Lecturer through Chaplain’s Office, New York Giants, New York, NY.|
|2007:||Certificate in Fund Raising, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.|
|2008:||Visiting Lecturer through Chaplain’s Office, The United States Pentagon, Washington, DC.|
|2009:||Adjunct Professor, Leadership Development & Church Growth (doctoral students), Drew University, Madison, NJ.|
|2009:||Visiting Lecturer through Chaplain’s Office, New York Jets, New York, NY.|
|2009:||Grand Opening of 107-acre Christ Church West Campus, Rockaway, NJ.|
|2009:||Dr. David & Marlinda Ireland celebrate 25 years of marriage.|
|2010:||Primary panelist and speaker for the global Willow Creek Leadership Summit (Chicago, IL).|
|2010:||Hosted the first regional one-day prayer conference known as Prayerfest.|
|2011:||Dr. Ireland and Christ Church celebrates 25 years of ministry on June 8th.|
|2011:||Christ Church hosted the second daylong Prayerfest.|
|2012:||Hosted Prayerfest with over 60 churches represented.|
|2012:||Released the new book, The Skin You Live In, which is now in its 2nd printing.|
|2013:||Launched The School of Prayer in 10 regions with 100 certified instructors across the United States.|
|2014:||Released the new book, The Kneeling Warrior, which focused on being effective in prayer. Hosted Prayerfest 2014 and it was streamed live into over 40 countries.|
|2015:||Released the new book, The Weapon of Prayer. It is a sequel to The Kneeling Warrior. I also began writing op-ed pieces for The Huffington Post and FoxNews.com.|
|2016:||Released the new book, Raising a Child Who Pray. It is a follow-up to my two other books on prayer, The Kneeling Warrior and The Weapon of Prayer.|
|2016:||Became a recipient of the New York City Leadership Center’s Global Leadership award.|