This workshop focuses on both head and heart and examines key principles to understand and apply when building biblical, multi-ethnic community. Beware: These seven Bible-based principles can change your life and your ministry!
In this talk ReNew Partnerships staff Chad Brennan and Richard Johnson share six common mindsets that can keep Christian college campuses from shining in the area of ethnic relations.
Click here to listen to this resource From the website: How multi-ethnic should your church staff be? Should churches have hiring quotas to ensure diversity? In the spring issue of Leadership, Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, discusses the importance of being intentional about diversity. In this podcast Skye Jethani , […]
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/sv/taxonomy/term/2141/all/feed All four authors of the excellent book United By Faith share their thoughts on multiracial congregations in the U.S. and answer questions. NOTE: This audio recording starts with worship music, announcements, etc. The panel presentation starts at the 25:00 minute mark — you can jump there to just hear […]
“Through our own experiences (and mistakes) and work with Christians around the country, we have found that there are several common pitfalls that often trip people up with their efforts to build healthy multi-ethnic churches, campuses, and organizations. The pitfalls we will address: 1. Ethnic unity is a distraction from evangelism and discipleship. 2. Our goal is to be welcoming and allow unity to happen naturally. 3. Ethnic unity isn’t an issue in our post-racial society. 4. Everyone should be treated equally. We examine these pitfalls and discuss alternative, biblical approaches that lead to unity rather than division and frustration.”
“Language, bi-culturalism, race and generational differences are just a few of the challenges Latino youth face in living productive and Godly lives in a hostile America. This seminar will define what it means to be “Latino Enough” in the United States so that young Latinos can live out God’s purposes in their lives without anxiety, fear or shame.”
“This is a chapel talk presented by Chad Brennan, the founding director of ReNew Partnerships, at George Fox University. In the talk he addresses the questions:
Why is it so important to pursue ethnic unity?
Should we just let ethnic unity happen naturally?
Is focusing on our ethnic differences counter productive?
In this talk Pastor Chuck Swindoll gives a powerful challenge to his congregation based on Ephesians 2:11-16. He states, “We don’t get it! He abolished the difference. Let it sink in your southern mind. I, a fellow southerner, plead with you, raised as you were raised. Don’t give me that answer back. We who cut our teeth learning how to discriminate, stop it! In the family of God, if this says anything, it says, ‘the wall has come tumbling down’ and in Christ, and only in Himself, are we made one. Some of you are thinking, ‘Man Swindoll, how liberal can you get?’ Just as liberal as the Scriptures! Because I have found that God is a lot easier to live with than anyone of us.”
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Dr. John Perkins shares about his background and how God called him to a life of ministering the poor and neglected in our society. He also shares about the fundamentals of Christian Community Development. This is a talk he gave at the CCDA national conference in 2008.
“Our cities are in a world of hurt! As such, our communities and often our own lives are filled with conflict. Fractured relationships and historical differences have resulted in misunderstandings, suspicion, mistrust and rage. Christians are to be intentional agents of reconciliation and peace-building. Learn skills for identifying the sources of conflict and dealing with it constructively whether in our personal relationships, school, workplace, church, home or community. “
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=177 Quick summary from the website: "Do you want to know why a certain approach to Praise and Worship works or doesn’t work in your services? This workshop introduces the basic “do’s and don’ts” of worship, particularly for an urban setting. You will learn what attitudes help or hinder the […]
This resource is located at: http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2008/06/audio_ur_multie.html A podcast of an honest discussion about the history of ethnic relations in the Christian church and an article by Mark DeYmaz. They share some honest thoughts on the challenges they are facing as leaders.
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=141 Quick summary from the website: "Is leading music for your youth group a scary subject? Does it need an upgrade? There’s no doubt about it — Music is an undeniable force in today’s youth culture! Properly using it can go a long way in helping your kids draw near […]
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/dr-michael-emerson-saturday-morning-plenary-ccda-2001-audio Dr. Michael Emerson shares helpful insights about race relations in the U.S. at the CCDA conference. Quick summary from the website: "Christian Community Development Association’s 2001 Conference Saturday Morning Plenary with Michael Emerson."
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/brenda-salter-mcneil-ccda-plenary-2005 Quick summary from the website: “Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil gives the Friday evening plenary address at CCDA 2005.”
I sat in on this workshop when I attended the CCDA conference in 2009. Very interesting discussion!
“Audio of a talk presented at the Urban Youth Workers Institute.”
“Presented Fri, May 18, 2007 at the Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference 2007″
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/paul-baker-suburbia-urbana-journey-suburbia-idealism-effective-leadership-urban-context Quick summary from the website: "Recognizing conflicting core values as the primary obstacle to understanding and reconciliation, From Suburbia to Urbana reveals common leadership struggles that many well-intentioned leaders from a suburban culture often face when initiating community development efforts in urban environments for the first time."
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=110 Quick summary from the website: “So you’ve got some “color” to your mix and you’ve noticed that Trick Daddy, Puffy, and Tupac are some artists that your students are listening to. Well, regardless of race, demographics, or socioeconomic status, young people are influenced by popular urban culture. Whether they […]
“What’s going on here? Why is the faith community fragmented? Why am I not being welcomed into the “hood”? Why are people suspicious of me? What can I do about the opposition I am facing? Are there deeper issues that I need to be aware of?”
“And he talked about a certain man, who fell among thieves. You remember that a Levite and a priest passed by on the other side. They didn’t stop to help him. And finally a man of another race came by. He got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy. But he got down with him, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.”
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/vicky-andrade-pastor-marvin-calderon-pastor-david-penalza-issues-facing-new-immigrants-ccda-2005-aud Quick summary from the website: "In this CCDA 2005 workshop, Vicky Andrade, Pastor Marvin Calderon, and Pastor David Penalza address issues facing new immigrants."
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/jim-ortiz-charles-ware-latino-and-african-american-reconciliation-ccda-2005 Quick summary from the website: “The continued increase of the Latino population in our nation and the dynamics between African Americans and Latinos that often live side by side in urban communities are of crucial importance. In this workshop we will explore how our respective church communities can forge […]
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=143 Quick summary from the website: "Do you desire to be equipped to lead a healthy, growing, grassroots ministry? This learning lab is designed to provide a theology and practical ministry models for leading urban ministries which seek to be Biblically grounded and socially relevant. Vision, mission, core values, and […]
“Ethnic cleansing! Gang Shootings! Genocide! Hate crimes! Terrorism! These violent events- and the tragic stories behind them- are tearing away at the fabric of our modern society. In this learning lab, Dr. McNeil challenges emerging leaders to move from indifference and ignorance about racial injustice to become God’s agents of racial righteousness in the world.”
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/ministering-latinos This talk provides excellent insight into the latino community in America. Quick summary from the website: "With the rise of Latino communities increasing across our nation, more people are becoming interested in ministering in the Latino Community. Come and learn the distinctions of working with a very diverse Latino […]
“To see the Latino community as homogeneous and mono-cultural is to err greatly and be ineffectual in outreach to Hispanic youth. While the Latino community may hold common values, its people come from diverse historical and social locations. These differences affect how Hispanic youth look at life and their particular needs. This seminar will provide insights into Latino cultures and how to best meet the needs of Hispanic youth.”
“We’re living in a multiethnic, multilingual, multicultural, multinational world in which most people agree racism is a problem and reconciliation is a necessity. Yet they don’t know what to do about it. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil explains how the heart must be different—and helps Navigators understand how to achieve it.”
“Audio of a workshop presented at the Urban Youth Workers Institute.”
“Without our cultural and ethnic backgrounds we have a limited and incomplete perspective of the big picture. This seminar will help people to understand how we are all interconnected and how much we need each other to be whole and complete.”
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=145 Quick summary from the website: "Together we will explore the challenges that we face in reaching the minorities in our rapidly changing world. What are the implications of serving in a Postmodern culture? What are some practical ideas that I can apply in my context to reach the minorities […]
This resource is located at: http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/ephesians/remembering-reconciliation Pastor Mark Driscoll speaks on Ephesians 2:11-21
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/marvin-gainer-selecting-cross-cultural-personnel-ccda-2005-audio Quick summary from the website: "Marvin Gainer presents at CCDA 2005 on how to select cross-cultural personnel for your ministry."
“Audio of a workshop presented at the Urban Youth Workers Institute.”
“As foreign students from Africa particularly and Asia particularly have entered American universities… They are very passionate about their Christian faith. It has had a powerful impact on these campuses. I have observed this first hand in places like Harvard, Boston University, MIT, and other places. Maybe in America we would be timid about asking questions. But, from their cultural context they are not timid at all. They cannot not talk about it.”
“Talk presented Sat, November 3, 2007 at the Urban Youth Workers Institute RELOAD Los Angeles 07-08.”
“Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, (Yes) not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.”
“We need an apologetics that is: 1. not merely heard but also seen, 2. not merely argued but also felt, and 3. one which rescues not only the ends (to reach them for Christ) but also the means (the methods by which we reach them).”
This video is excerpts of a workshop presented by Chad Brennan and Michaela Gregory at the Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation 2014.
“Dynamic ministry that is multicultural often seems as illusive as locating the rainbow’s end. Yet there’s rising a number of pioneering ministries who not only long for multicultural ministry but have gone
through the struggle to see it birthed, and they’d be the first to let you know that you can do it to! Come and find out some of the things that they would tell you NOT to do!”
This chapel talk was presented at Westmont College on Feb 19, 2014. Chad Brennan shares for 14 minutes then Michaela Gregory shares for 13 minutes. The focus of the talk is overcoming “heart level” issues that can keep people from engaging from conversations about ethnic diversity. Chad Brennan explains that the Lord has taught him to… 1. Not be too hard on myself, 2. Walk in God’s grace when I fail, 3. Have a biblical approach to corporate sin. Michaela Gregory shares about how the Lord has used a relationship with a white woman (Carrie) to challenge her bitterness and “distance” in relationships with white people. Both Chad and Michaela explain that reconciliation is only possible through the power and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
This resource is located at: http://www.urbanministry.org/rev-phil-jackson-understanding-and-reaching-hip-hop-culture-ccda-2006-audio Quick summary from the website: “Hip Hop culture can either be an opportunity or opposition for your ministry. We will seek to unpack Hip Hop Theology and ways in which your ministry can impact this culture from the inside out.”
“In a culture where self-esteem is all important the Bible presents a better alternative. Romans 12 has much to say to those with an exaggerated idea of their own importance. Hear a lesson in humility on Truth For Life from Alistair Begg!”
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=97 Quick summary from the website: "There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. How do we respond faithfully to that reality? We will talk about the root causes of the immigration crisis, the proposed policy solutions and their potential impact. We will also introduce participants to […]
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=113 Quick summary from the website: "Is your upper-middle-class-mono-culture-suburban church ready to welcome the urban street kid culture? Does the urban student have to cross a cultural boundary to come to know Jesus in your church? Is your senior pastor afraid of the students showing up at youth group? This […]
“Cross cultural ministry; The Gospel sometimes calls us to serve and work alongside folk who are from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we navigate this calling?”