Homogeneous Transition

Discover promising practices to help you lead an historically homogeneous congregation in becoming a healthy multiethnic church.

Session A - Wednesday, Nov 9 (10:45a)
God in the Midst of Beauty & Pain • Hanibal Rodriguez
The transition of a church from homogeneity to multiethnicity is both beautiful and painful. Join Hanibal to learn the story and trace God’s hand in gradually leading a majority white, mega-church to become multiethnic. Come consider practical theology and gain insights that can help your own church make a similar transition. 

Session B - Wednesday, Nov 9 (1:30p)
Hearing in Technicolor • Mark Hearn
How can first-generation immigrants be enlisted, equipped, and empowered in the process of homogeneous church transition? What can you do to challenge established leaders to embrace and facilitate the effort? In this workshop, Mark will explain how to effectively engage both new arrivals and "legacy" (long-tenured) members in the transition process. 

Session C - Thursday, Nov 10 (10:45a)
Turning Dreams to Reality • Kyle Ray
Organizational change and structural shift of any kind is difficult. The difficulties are compounded when attempting to lead this kind of change in homogenous churches in order to make them more intentionally diverse and inclusive. Join Kyle to discuss how to better organize, communicate, and execute homogenous transition in your own context.

Session D - Thursday, Nov 10 (1:30p)
3 Tensions in Transition • Eric Ferris & Sonia McDonald
Homogenous churches can change... And you can do it! In this practical, encouraging session, Eric and Sonia will discuss three tensions pastors experience in leading transition and how best to navigate them. Together, they’ll share experiential knowledge and practical insights to help you lead such transition in your own church.