The following Multiethnic Ministry 101 lectures were given in April 2015 to young adult students and staff of Ascent School of Ministry (Great Commandments Ministries) in Tieton, Washington.
The lectures provide the biblical-theological foundation of human and racial equality firmly rooted in the gospel, the purpose of human ethnicity, a history of racism in Christianity, the lingering impact of slavery in the American church, the problem with the church growth movement (including church planting paradigms) which perpetuates racialization in the evangelical church, an overview of organizational cultures as living systems that create structural barriers or structural supports, and a brief discussion of personal competencies that are necessary for building and leading an effective multiethnic ministry in cities of ethnic diversity.
These lectures also include a discussion of "race" as a social construct to justify slavery of Africans, internalization of racial inferiority among minorities, as well as the complexity of racialized structures and patterns in American society and in the evangelical church. A PDF copy of Multiethnic Ministry 101 handouts can be downloaded below.
If your church, ministry, or organization is interested in pursuing a gospel-rooted multiethnic ministry or hosting a Multiethnic Ministry 101 event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.