Below you will find webinars that showcase several multiethnic topics. View webinars from ministry leaders who have shared what they do in their context. While each context is unique, these models can provide helpful insights and starts as you think about multiethnic journeys for your church.
Black and African American Ministry Roundtable
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 the Church and culture? Come hear leading Black and African American practitioners discuss the origin, evolution, contribution and challenges of the Black Church in North America.
Other topics will include being a black leader or leading a black church in a predominately white denomination as well as why there are so few black lead pastors of multiethnic churches. You won’t want to miss this conversation.
We broke it up into three different videos for you to use personally or share with your team.
- Karen Bates – Healing Place – Waldorf, MD
- Christopher J. Harris – Crossover Church – Tampa, FL
- Veronne Carter – First Wesleyan – Nashville, TN
- Anthony Graham – New Hope – Brooklyn, NY
- Natasha Sistrunk Robinson – Grace Community – Greensboro, NC
- Meredith Griffin – Harvest Christian Fellowship – Wilmington, DE
- Kenneth Russell – Grand Rapids, MI
- Santes Beatty – Director of Multiethnic Ministries
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 start your Hispanic ministry or plant a Hispanic church, I encourage you to tune in and hear from some of our leading practitioners at Wesley Seminary, a missionary, and local church pastors/planters as we discuss talk what they see as the top 10 things every leader should know about Hispanic ministry.
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 poses different obstacles and opportunities?
Come hear leaders from all over our denomination talk about their experience and share a vision of how we can blaze a new path that includes and supports women at every level of leadership.
- Lena Crouso – Indian (IWU)
- Cheryl Arguello – Native (Rapids City, SD)
- Johanna Rugh – Hispanic (Los Angeles, CA)
- Elizabeth Moyer – African American (Charlotte, NC)
- Suk May Yei – Asian (Eastern Hills)
- Emily Miller – Caucassian (Greenville, SC)
- Kim Gladden – African American (The Wesleyan Church)
- Josmar Trent – Hispanic (The Wesleyan Church)
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 partnerships for racial reconciliation and to address systemic injustices.
Come hear leading practitioners share their methods to engage not only in conversations, but practical steps to bring unity to a cynical and highly divisive culture. Join us to ask your questions and engage in a great dialogue.
- Mark DeYmaz (Pastor/Author/Movement Leader)
- Jeff Miller (Founding and Senior Pastor of Christ Church Greensboro-Greensboro, NC)
- Oneya Okuwobi (Co-author of The Multi-ethnic Christian Life Primer)
- Elizabeth Drury (Assistant Pastor at New Hope Fellowship)
- Reginald Holiday (Founding and Senior Pastor of Bethany Fellowship Church-Greensboro, NC)
- Dayna Carr (Greensboro, NC)
- Paul Tillman (Lead Pastor at Oakdale Wesleyan Church)
- Beau Hamner (Outreach Pastor at College Wesleyan Church-Marion, IN)
- Josmar Trent (Translation Specialist & Admin Assistant at CMAD with Multiethnic Ministries)
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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 apply in this context? Many still avoid the conversation that 11 am on Sunday mornings is still the most segregated hour in North America, however some have decided to no longer be a part of the problem, but practically be a part of the solution.
Join us to engage with some leading practitioners all over North America who have and are planting multiethnic churches in rural, urban, and suburban contexts as they share best practices, common challenges, and a great opportunity to engage all people groups in your sphere of influence.
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 struggling to connect with students and their families because of cultural and language differences? If you can relate to any of those questions you’ll want to join us for our next webinar.
Increasingly, church leaders are embracing the power and beauty of the multiethnic church as this is the most diverse generation North America has ever seen. Yet, as we look at Next Gen Ministries we often see them falling far behind or leading the way, with very few found in between the two extremes. Come hear from leading practitioners share best practices and common challenges in both Kids and Student Ministries who are serving in multiethnic contexts.
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 relationship building with the potential to reach more people groups. There are even some whose ultimate goal is for the two churches to eventually become one multiethnic church.
Come hear stories and models of why sharing a building, and maybe even a vision for your community might be challenging, but mutually beneficial.
- Dwight Nash and Lucky Hofisi (Sent Church, Plano, TX)
- Anita Bosworth (Bold Beginnings, Stockbridge, GA)
- Dean Pierce and Rodrigo Azofeifa (Vida Nueva and DeKaulb Wesleyan, DeKaulb, IL)
- Patricio Labbe and Gina Colburn (Trinity Wesleyan, Allentown, PA)
- Chan Shaver and Sitt-Len Heh (First Wesleyan, High Point, NC)
- Casper Farrow (Grace Community, Buffalo, NY)
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 group of tested pastors and leaders in the local church, district level, and academia as they share their experience and field your questions.
- Stephen Babby (Former DS, Pacific Southwest District)
- Carlos Cedeño (Pastor of Christ Fellowship, Elizabeth, NJ)
- Anita Eastlack (Executive Director, Church Multiplication and Discipleship)
- Diane McDaniel (VP of Multicultural Enrichment and Employee Development, Indiana Wesleyan University)
- Joanne Solis-Walker (Assistant Dean of Global Theological Education, Wesley Seminary)
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 where to start (worship, staff, youth group etc.?).” Don’t worry, you are not alone! One of the most difficult things to do is to move a church or organization from mono-ethnic to multiethnic.
Join us as panelists share their experiences doing just that in our learning lab on “Homogeneous Church Transitions.” Our panelists include pastors, church staff, and a District Superintendent who all have been recognized as real life examples who have taken leaders through this challenging process.
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 diversify my staff? How can a small church without a lot of resources and a great deal of infrastructure get a quality resident? Is there a difference between an internship and a residency? Can two churches share a resident? If your answer is yes to any of these and more…then this next webinar may be a perfect opportunity to engage with others around this topic.
We’ll have both current and past residents, as well as leaders from the local church and HQ who have worked to enhance residencies and make them more accessible to all of our churches. This line up which includes:
- Briana Bailey (Kentwood Community Church, Worship Resident)
- Colby Hill (Heartland Church, Campus Pastor)
- Joel Liechty – (Education and Clergy Development, Associate Director)
- Maggie Slusher (Spring Valley Church, Youth and Young Adult Pastor)
- David Telfort (Plymouth Church, Associate Pastor Resident)
- Emily Vermilya (College Wesleyan Church, Executive Pastor)
- Paige Vanderhoff (12Stone Church, Resident Pastor)
- Joel Torres (Worship Intern, Central Wesleyan)
Multiethnic Worship Webinar
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 platform, and multiple languages so that their stage presence connects with the people in the community and is inclusive of many of the cultural dynamics that embody their surrounding demographics.
If you’ve ever considered trying to learn from some of the leading practitioners in our Wesleyan movement and across North America, you’ll want to join us for two webinar style sessions.
Our first two sessions will have four panelists who will share best practices followed by Q&A.In our last session, participants engage with each in a learning lab breakout session experience.
If you believe your church would benefit from this type of information and conversation, we invite you to watch our Webinars about Multiethnic Worship.
Lauren Netherland – Worship Pastor @ Horizons Church, TX
Vanessa Alvarez – Worship Director @ The Edge Urban Fellowship, MI
Brian Fuller – Worship Art Pastor @ New Hope, NC
Joel Lopez – Worship Producer @ Heartland Church, IN
Brant Porter – Worship Arts Pastor @ Kentwood Community Church, MI
Felecia Sims – Director of Worship for Students and Children @ Christ Wesleyan Church, NC
Chase Stancle – Lead Pastor @ Unison, MI
Abi Grala – Worship Director @ Tribes Church, MI
Luigi Peñaranda – Biblical Studies and Leadership Studies Professor @ Wesley Seminary
Mark Patterson – Lead Worship Director @ Heartland Church, IN
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