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‘God Is Moving’: Southern Baptist Black Church Leadership and Family Conference “Equips, Encourages and Edifies the Saints”

Southern Baptist African American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference of his 30-some years. (more…)

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Pastor and Author Efrem Smith: “We Cannot Surrender the Outposts of God’s Kingdom To the Ways of Our Nation. Christians Are Here To Transform.”

Over the past several years, cultural divisions of race, class, politics and faith have become starker than any time in recent memory. While it would be easy to only think of American politics here, it is a worldwide phenomenon, one that requires a quiet, global response of love and reconciliation

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WATCH: ‘Paperman’ Director Finishes Animated Short Film for Lyft

John Kahrs — the Academy Award-winning director of Disney’s 2012 animated short Paperman — was behind the wheel as writer-director of a new Lyft-branded animated short that debuts Wednesday on YouTube. (more…)

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Black Church Becomes Extension of Predominantly White Multi-Site Church In North Carolina as Racial Tensions Persist In Charlotte; Pastors Say Timing of Merger Possibly Carries Divine Significance

In the midst of racial tensions in Charlotte, an African-American church in Greensboro, North Carolina, is transitioning to become the newest campus of The Refuge, a predominantly white multi-campus church aiming to have more multicultural diversity in its pews. (more…)

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Ed Stetzer Gives Five Truths of Di-ver-si-ty For Overcoming Homogeneity in Our Churches

The deaths last week of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas, Texas police officers Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa have reopened wounds that are in danger of never healing. The U.S., is, indeed still stuggling around issues of race. We in the U.S. churches face

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What Evangelical Churches Can Learn from the Diversity In America’s Latino Population

I know a pastor who leads a vibrant, growing multicultural church in the southeastern United States. His congregation includes people from more than ten countries, and most of them are bilingual. Members are black, brown, and white. In an age when many evangelical churches strive to break down racial barriers

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A Hillsong NYC church service at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center. (Photo: Facebook/Hillsong Church NYC)

LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer says, Diverse Churches are Rare Partly Because of Human Nature

Although the vast majority of Protestant pastors believe churches (85 percent) should strive to be racially diverse organizations, almost the same number (86 percent) said that their personal congregations only reflected one predominant racial or ethnic group, according to a recently released LifeWay Research poll. (more…)

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