On today's episode we discuss Christianity and diversity with Dr. Eric Bryant. Often we focus on our differences and find ourselves divided. We've settled for tolerance instead of true embrace. Eric's book, Not Like Me: Learning to Love, Serve, and Influence Our Divided World, is celebrating it's 10th anniversary with a rerelease and update for the challenging times we are facing today.
Dr. Eric Michael Bryant serves with Gateway Church in Austin as Lead Pastor for Gateway South and as part of the teaching team along with Senior Pastor John Burke. Known for their mottos: “no perfect people allowed” and “come as you are, but don’t stay that way.”
From 1998-2010, Eric served as part of the leadership team with Erwin McManus at Mosaic in Los Angeles, a church known for its creativity and diversity. The four years prior to that he helped plant a church in Seattle, WA.
Eric teaches a masters level Post-Christian Ministry Certificate and leads a cohort for a Doctorate of Ministry in Missional Effectiveness through Bethel Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Trained in Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator, and the Enneagram, Eric coaches leaders in the ministry, non-profit, and business sectors.
The Eric Bryant Foundation exists to help churches, non-profit organizations, and businesses find their calling, catalyze community, and create change agents through training events, workshops, books, and www.ericbryant.org.
Eric’s book, Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World, helps Christ-followers overcome the negative Christian stereotype by embracing the people Christians “love to hate.” His newest project is A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created to Be.
He is also one of the co-authors of The Uprising Experience, a workbook developed based on Erwin McManus’ book Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul.
Eric lives with his wife, Deborah, his son Caleb and his daughter Trevi near downtown in Austin, TX.