Sociological Insights

Consider the latest research, demographic shifts, and coming trends to help you more effectively engage an increasingly diverse and cynical society.

Session A - Wednesday, Nov 9 (10:45a)
The Costs of Multiethnic • Oneya Okuwobi
When churches welcome staff members of color without proper preparation, unintended harms result with serious implications for pastoral well-being. Drawing on thirty interviews with pastors of color in multiethnic churches, Oneya will share what can be learned from their experiences and how churches can better prepare for a multiethnic staff.

Session B - Wednesday, Nov 9 (1:30p)
Diversity Efforts that Work • George Yancey
While a great deal of effort has gone into diversity training and workshops, the vast majority of it is ineffective and/or makes things worse. In this workshop, George will advocate a more effective, research-based plan with the potential to produce interracial understanding and an environment that supports healthy racial interactions.

Session C - Thursday, Nov 10 (10:45a)
Your Unique Capacity to Head Multiracial Churches
• Korie Edwards
Multiracial church pastors of color and Anglo pastors have particular perspectives and sets of experiences that help to inform their leadership in different ways, ones that impact how they lead. Join Korie to explore how race impacts the way you and others are uniquely situated to lead in multiracial spaces.

Session D - Thursday, Nov 10 (1:30p)
The Need for Multiethnic Churches Now • Michael Emerson
Following up on his plenary talk with evidence and discussion, Michael will explore how multiethnic churches can be the antidote to the religion of whiteness. More than ever, we need multiethnic churches committed to full gospel teaching and living. Come be part of this important dialogue and informed learning experience.