filtered by Diversity
By David Romanik
How do we respond when those who look and speak differently knock on our door? When two Swahili-speaking refugee families from Congo arrived at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, in 2013, the community’s first response was to help with their physical needs. In Breaking Down Walls, David Romanik shares the process of discernment and the practical steps that followed as they shifted their focus to bringing God’s purpose for the community to life.
By Linda Buskirk
Linda Buskirk addresses a common issue in church architecture – that often it’s not built to be welcome to people of all abilities. In our latest blog, she recommends steps to remedy such situations.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
Rather than cast away the works of darkness, we can be more particular, and instead cast away the works of those policies, those tendencies, proclivities, doubts, practices, traditions, by which we deny ourselves and others fullness of life.
By Annette Buchanan
In our latest blog, Annette Buchanan reminds us that we should always use good HR practices when hiring and gives a list of best practices for lay positions. Hiring gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that the Church is not a closed society, but welcoming to all.
By Annette Buchanan
Commemorations are very important in church life and can be used for stewardship, evangelism, outreach etc. They are sources of inspiration to recharge and revitalize us in our journey as Christians.
Todos podemos estar de acuerdo en que queremos crecer espiritualmente. En su blog, Para Crecer Espiritualmente Necesitamos Ser Amados, Andres Herrera describe como para gente de un grupo minoritario este búsqueda puede ser aún más difícil.
We can all agree that we want to grow spiritually. In his blog, We Need to Be Loved to Grow Spiritually, Andres Herrera describes how for people from a minority group this search can be even more difficult.
By Lindsey Harts
Lindsey Harts grew up doing “code red drills” where she hid from a pretend shooter. She feels that this common experience among millennials helped lead to the generation’s demand for radical authenticity. As she says, “in a world where shootings are live-streamed on the internet…you tend to have a very low tolerance for nonsense.”
By John Lynch
John Lynch was always expected to be a leader as a millennial. He thinks it’s because he continued to show up in church. Here he shares his impressions of leadership and a lesson that he learned from members of the oldest generation—Trust in God and pray.
By Mary Cat Young
Mary Cat Young shares her advice on how to approach the subject of evangelism to millennials. How do we get millennials into our churches? By getting ourselves in a place where we can see, hear and learn from them.