Jun 14, 2018


Episode 187: Helping Your Ministry Be Multicultural

Today, Rahul talks with Rashard Barns about the difference between multicultural and multicolor. They discuss how to help your ministry be multicultural and give you a ton of resources to check out!
Rashard Barnes // Groups and Connections Pastor at Mercy Church // @rashardbarnes
Multicolor – attempt to have different colors
Multicultural – no dominate culture rules
Becoming multicultural starts with the leader:
  • Does the leader have any cultural competence?
  • Is there diversity in the vision and mission by the leader?
  • Does the leader believe in a racialized society
Ways to help immerse students:
  • Find minority students and just ask them questions
  • Join a minority church
  • Live in a minority neighborhood
Noteworthy Quotes:
  • “To be multicultural is indigenous to being a Christian.”
  • “Oneness doesn’t mean uniformity.”
  • “Train staff on racial biases. Folk don’t think they have it, but everyone has it. Instead of trying to deny it: accept it, repent of it, and move forward.”
Resources we talked about:
The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. Du Bois
Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church – Mark DeYmaz
Right Color, Wrong Culture – Bryan Loritts
Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience – Carl F. Ellis Jr.
White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White – Daniel Hill
The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change – Brenda Salter Mcniel
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America – Michael O. Emerson
13th – Netflix Documentary

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about the author

Rashard Barnes

Rashard is from Texas, living in North Carolina. He is married to Meghan and they have two children Malachi and Eden. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology. Recently, Rashard worked at Redeemer Church in Lubbock, Texas. At Redeemer, he had oversight over the college ministry, their residency program, small groups, and church discipleship. Over the past months, he transitioned to Charlotte, North Carolina to work at a church-plant Mercy Church. At Mercy, he is the Connections Pastor.

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Amy Dutton

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