Sep 15, 2016
Episode 117: Engaging Diversity
Ministry and diversity in a college context
Today Walter Strickland joins us to talk about diversity issues today and how Christian students should respond. Walter is the President for Diversity & Instructor of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Walter’s passion is for people from every culture to fully embody the gospel of Jesus Christ in their context.
Walter Strickland // President for Diversity & Instructor of Theology // @w_strickland
- The surge of news about issues involving diversity is probably not new, but rather just more easily seen with the technological age we live in.
- How should Christian students respond to these issues?
- First remember we see things through the lense of our experience and our experience is not everyone else’s.
- There are several Americas that people live in today, but there is one Jesus Christ.
- We must respond with humility in how we communicate with these issues.
- Should anglo leaders push for more diversity within their ministry?
- No, if they are just pushing for pure numbers.
- We should not just pursue people of different races, but also of different cultures as well.
- The majority and the minority both must come halfway. The majority can’t make the minority go all the way.
- Action steps for Engaging Diversity
- We must listen to one another and understand we come from different places. Ask questions and answer them.
- Ask what are your primary concerns and what would you want changed in the political arena.
- Come into the conversation honest and humble.
- Understand that the conversation is not easy and not all of them will be great conversations.
- Starting with a good friendship is important in having the conversation.
His titles include: The SBC in the 21st Century, Every Waking Hour, and The Gospel Project: The Mission
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