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A Conversation About Race, Unity, and the Church

Thursday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Candid Conversations
An Online, Interactive, Weekly Show on Racial Tensions
Episode 11 — Winning
This webinar will feature special guest Dr. Drew Hart.
 
Drew has three focuses that he believes are essential hallmarks of “winning” in the struggle against white supremacy in America:

 

  1. Radical Discipleship:
    Radical discipleship to Jesus refuses to distort and domesticate his life, teachings, death, and resurrection. It accepts the call to deny oneself, follow him, and accept the consequences that come from such faithfulness.

  2. Public Witness:
    A Christian public witness rejects the temptation to privatize our faith to only matters of the heart. We are called to embody and make visible God’s reign on earth and to speak truth to power.

  3. Solidarity:
    Christian solidarity must be Jesus-shaped. We identify and stand with those that Jesus did in his own day. We gladly link arms with those that are impoverished, vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized. How we receive “the least of these” is how we receive Christ.
Read more here.
 
In this webinar, hear about:
  • How the church can define what winning is and what it looks like on the diversity front
  • What is God’s heart is for his kingdom in heaven, and how close can we get to it on earth?
  • What are the obstacles and challenges that stand in the church winning in the area of race and unity?
  • Where might the Church be 5 years from now? What about 25 years from now?
You will have the opportunity to submit your questions to Drew during our live, interactive conversation.

Featured Guest

Dr. Drew Hart

Theology Professor, Church Anti-Racism Leader, Social Change Practitioner

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Featured Guest

Dr. Drew Hart

Drew G. I. Hart is a theology professor in the Bible and Religion department at Messiah College with ten years of pastoral experience. Hart majored in Biblical Studies at Messiah College as an undergrad, he attained his MDiv with an urban concentration from Biblical Theological Seminary, and he received his PhD in theology and ethics from Lutheran Theological Seminary-Philadelphia.

Dr. Hart’s dissertation considered how Christian discipleship, as framed by Black theologies and contemporary Anabaptism, gesture the western Church towards untangling the forces of white supremacy and the inertia of western Christendom which have plagued its witness in society for too long. As two traditions that emerged from the underside of violent and oppressive western Christian societies, he found Black theologies and Anabaptism each repeatedly turning to the particularity of Jesus in the gospel narratives, ultimately calling for an ethic of liberation in the Black Church and an ethic of peacemaking in the Anabaptist tradition. Hart finds the practice of reading Jesus not only for the Church, but also against it, to be a vital dimension in salvaging western Christianity from itself.

His work beyond teaching and writing has included pastoring in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, working for an inner-city afterschool program for black and brown middle school boys, delivering lectures and leading anti-racism workshops, collaborating with faith-based organizers in his neighborhood, and doing a broad range of public theology. Hart sees his current role as a theology professor as an extension of his ministry vocation that began with pastoral leadership.

Dr. Drew Hart was recently the recipient of bcmPEACE’s 2017 Peacemaker Award for his local and national work. You can find some of Hart’s writing at his blog entitled ‘Taking Jesus Seriously’ which is hosted at The Christian Century, or you can catch him as he travels and speaks regularly across the country to colleges, conferences, and churches. Drew and Renee, and their three boys (Micah, Dietrich, and Vincent) live in Harrisburg.

Hosts

EFREM SMITH

Pastor Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership and community development. Efrem is the former president and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting and leadership-development organization. He is the current co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church, Midtown. He’s the author of several books, including his latest, Killing Us Softly.

Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He’s currently a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary.

Grant Skeldon

In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, lazy, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network with the goal to unite and train young leaders to be Christ loving, city changing, church investing, disciple making local missionaries. Initiative has united and accelerated some of the most diverse and dynamic next gen leaders from across the country to collaboratively transform their cities together.

Grant has written for Relevant, ChurchLeaders, The Gospel Coalition, and his new book on millennials, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and parents who are trying to reach, raise, and retain the next generation. Grant serves on the board of Catalyst, as well as an associate for Leadership Network and Exponential.

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson is a Kingdom entrepreneur. He spends the majority of his time starting and working with organizations committed to Kingdom impact and multiplication. Todd is a co-founder of Exponential and currently serves as President and CEO, providing vision and strategic direction to the organization. Todd lives in Manassas, Virginia, with his wife, Anna. They have two sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law: Ben (married to Therese) and Chris (married to Mariah).

Peyton Jones

Peyton Jones is a serial church planter, author, speaker, outreach consultant, and founder of New Breed Church Planting.

Peyton served as a youth pastor, assistant pastor, and interim pastor of the mega church Refuge Huntington Beach that has served as his sending church since 1999 when he embarked on a 12-year mission to Wales, UK. Originally serving as the Evangelist at Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s historic Sandfields church, Peyton served as the both the interim pastor, and helped them plant their first church. From there, he engaged in a replant of a Baptist congregation in West Wales, which grew and led to Peyton planting a collegiate church. He also planted a church out of a Starbucks which multiplied to three churches, and a church in urban Long Beach, CA, that planted two other churches.

In both the UK and USA, Peyton formed the New Breed Network, a small network that specializes planting in hard places utilizing 1st century principles. Peyton also co-founded Church Planter Magazine, the Church Planter Podcast, the Hardcore Church planting podcast, and the Ministry Ninja Podcast. His books include Church Zero 2013, Reaching The Unreached 2017, and an unpublished church planting textbook 2021, and he developed CityWide to train planters in collaborative church planting teams wired for multiplication.

We are better together!

“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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