Santes Beatty

Seeds of King’s Dream, Part 2

Seeds of King’s Dream, Part 2

This week, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others with a faith based approach and ongoing impact on the Civil Rights movement. I recently wrote about the work of Linda Brown Thompson and continue to reflect on her insight concerning the...
Seeds of King’s dream

Seeds of King’s dream

Years ago, when I served as a college administrator I had the privilege of meeting Linda Brown Thompson. If her name is not familiar, maybe a major court case on May 17, 1954, “Brown vs. Board of Education,” will help with identification. The National Association for...
Call and Response Conference exceeds 400 attendees

Call and Response Conference exceeds 400 attendees

In early October, over 50 Wesleyans and 350 gathered in Rochester, New York, on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary for the first Call and Response Conference. The conference purpose was to call together laity, marketplace and nonprofit...
Call and Response: bridging the multiethnic gap  

Call and Response: bridging the multiethnic gap  

Multiethnic Ministries of The Wesleyan Church is hosting a shoulder event on October 4 in conjunction with the Call and Response Conference, in Rochester, New York. The Call and Response Conference will be held October 4 – 6, 2018. The Call and Response Conference,...
Meeting Christ at RENUEVO

Meeting Christ at RENUEVO

In 2013, Alejandro Fernandez was like many teenage boys—very rebellious against his parents and cynical about the church. He only went to church because his parents forced him to go. Nothing about God seemed to appeal to him and he simply wanted to do things his way....
Standing on strong multiethnic shoulders

Standing on strong multiethnic shoulders

The phrase “standing on the shoulders of giants” draws its meaning from several sources including Bernard of Chartres, Isaac Newton and an African proverb. In each case it expresses the meaning of “discovering truth by building on previous discoveries.” So much of...
Disruptive racial reconcilers

Disruptive racial reconcilers

Several things have disrupted my life in the last 30 years. A few notables: the internet, hip-hop, smartphones, selfies, Uber and Facebook. Disruption for me is this radical change in business strategy or community organizing where a new product or service creates a...
Hispanic Ministry Roundtable Webinar

Hispanic Ministry Roundtable Webinar

Many leaders are excited about the exponential growth of Hispanic families in the communities near their churches, but often we find they may not know what to do to reach, teach, and release them. Sometimes a failure to plan leads to a plan that fails. Before you...
Multiethnic Conversation Strategies Webinar

Multiethnic Conversation Strategies Webinar

There is a movement growing all over North America where more and more leaders, churches, and communities are engaging in Multiethnic Conversations. Some are using small group curriculum and book discussions while others have formed city cohorts and regional pastoral...
Multiethnic Women Roundtable Webinar

Multiethnic Women Roundtable Webinar

As a denomination who affirms women in ministry, there are often questions that arise for those within and outside of our tribe. How affirming are we really? How do you we have the conversation about race, faith, and leadership given the intersection of gender that...
Black and African American Ministry Roundtable (3 of 3)

Black and African American Ministry Roundtable (3 of 3)

Have you ever wondered where the traditional black church came from, how it survived the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, and Jim Crow and its current connection or contribution to the Church and culture? Come hear leading Black and African American practitioners...
Black and African American Ministry Roudndtable (2 of 3)

Black and African American Ministry Roudndtable (2 of 3)

Have you ever wondered where the traditional black church came from, how it survived the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, and Jim Crow and its current connection or contribution to the Church and culture? Come hear leading Black and African American practitioners...
Black and African American Ministry Roundtable (1 of 3)

Black and African American Ministry Roundtable (1 of 3)

Have you ever wondered where the traditional black church came from, how it survived the transatlantic slave trade, slavery, and Jim Crow and its current connection or contribution to the Church and culture? Come hear leading Black and African American practitioners...
Planting Multiethnic Webinar

Planting Multiethnic Webinar

Have you ever wrestled with any of these questions: Is planting a multiethnic church even possible? Could this be a tool God could use to reconcile racial tensions in your community and in our nation? What about the Homogeneous Unit Principle (HUP) and how does that...
Multiethnic Next Gen Ministries Webinar

Multiethnic Next Gen Ministries Webinar

Does Generation Z have a better handle on race relations than their parents and grandparents? Ever heard your church leaders refer to some students as “community,” “bus,” or “neighborhood” kids only to cringe at the thought of two different youth groups? Are you...
Two Churches, One Building Webinar

Two Churches, One Building Webinar

As I travel across North America I am amazed at how many churches share buildings and why. Some do so for better space or financial reasons, while others see it as a relationship building with the potential to reach more people groups. There are even some whose...
Diversifying your Staff/Team Webinar

Diversifying your Staff/Team Webinar

One of the common questions I get a lot is: “How do you diversify your staff or team?” My answer typically depends on the context and ministry of the person asking, but I’ve found there are some common things one can think about no matter what the situation. Join a...
Homogeneous Church Transitions Webinar

Homogeneous Church Transitions Webinar

Any of these sound familiar: “I have new people from diverse backgrounds finally coming to my church, but they don’t stay.” “The community around our church is changing, but our church is not.” “I feel called to lead our church through a transition, but I don’t know...
Multiethnic Worship Webinar (Part II)

Multiethnic Worship Webinar (Part II)

How loud, how contemporary or traditional are usually the difficult conversations had between pastors, boards, and congregations. However, some churches and worship leaders are taking it a step further by introducing different genres, creative elements, a diverse...
Church Residencies Webinar

Church Residencies Webinar

Have any of these kinds of questions come to mind for you about residencies: What is a residency? Can my church afford a resident? Can a non-traditional student be a resident? Are there residencies at multiethnic or ethnic-specific churches? Could this be a way to...
Multiethnic Worship Webinar (Part I)

Multiethnic Worship Webinar (Part I)

How loud, how contemporary or traditional are usually the difficult conversations had between pastors, boards, and congregations. However, some churches and worship leaders are taking it a step further by introducing different genres, creative elements, a diverse...