The spring of 2020 was a racially violent period in America, with African Americans being the primary victims of this violence. While there were a number of high-profile attacks on Black people, it was the killing of George Floyd that ignited an entirely new level of consciousness around the state of race in America. Conversations about the social unrest, fueled by racial division, dominated the newswires at a level that was nearly unprecedented. Against the backdrop of this national crisis, church leaders have begun asking a series of unprecedented questions, such as:
- What is the role of the church in times of social unrest?
- What does holistic discipleship look like in response to the problem of race?
- Should churches directly address White supremacy? If yes, how do they do it in a way that doesn’t further exacerbate the division?
- How does a church care for its Black members during violent periods like this?
- How does a church both care for (but also challenge) White members during periods like this?
- How does a church both care for (but also challenge) non-Black communities of color during periods like this?
The primary task of a Pastor is to lead their congregation into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and the questions above can never be addressed in a comprehensive manner without first developing a robust theological foundation.
To help pastors navigate these conversations, we are excited to introduce a new weekly webinar show called Biblically Speaking, hosted by Daniel Hill and Christine Chang. Together, they will work to practically equip pastors for deepening their theology and sharpen their approach to discipleship. The show will feature guests like Brenda Salter McNeil, Jemar Tisby, and José Humphreys.
The episodes of the Biblically Speaking show will help you to deepen your theology, transform your thoughts around race, and sharpen your approach to discipleship. Join the conversation in the very first episode, Tuesday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET, by clicking here.