This report will help you understand the latest opportunities and challenges impacting racial justice in the Church.
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This report prompts readers to ask:
The data presented in this report help to shed light on some of these questions, offering leaders first steps and actionable insights to help them begin the necessary journey of guiding their community more intentionally toward a future of justice and unity.
A print copy of the Beyond Diversity research report, which explores racial justice in the U.S. Church
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Barna’s video presentations of the Beyond Diversity research findings
A presenter’s slide deck to help you share the findings with your team
Discussion Guides to inspire honest conversations amongst your team members
Guided by the expert research team behind the Beyond Diversity study, along with ministry practitioners, journey toward deeper understanding and greater empathy around racial justice issues and learn how to cultivate a healthier multiethnic team and community.
This replay will remain available through May 15th, 2021.
Michael O. Emerson, Ph.D., is a Professor and Head in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has published 15 books on his studies of race, religion and urban sociology, including groundbreaking research in Divided by Faith. Dr. Emerson previously taught Sociology at North Park and Rice Universities.
Glenn Bracey, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Villanova University and an expert on race and social movements and the law. He has also published research and regularly provides commentary on racism in evangelical churches.
Chad Brennan is director of Renew Partnerships, a Christian non-profit organization that guides ministries and universities towards a biblical and effective approach to racial justice and unity with training and assessment resources. He previously served in campus ministry internationally with Cru.
As Senior Vice President for Barna, Brooke Hempell has directed Barna’s published studies as well as strategic research for Christian ministry and non-profit clients for six years. Her focus includes issues of social justice, faith development and generational science. Prior to Barna, she conducted research and consulting for corporate clients in healthcare and financial services.
With a background in commercial market research, including seven years with Nielsen, Brittany Wade now serves ministries and non-profits with consulting, research and data analysis to answer their strategic questions. She previously served on staff with one of the country’s largest churches, developing research and programming to serve their constituents.
Daniel Copeland serves as Director of Research Services for Barna. With a Masters in Sociology from Georgia State University, his work applies academic social research methodology and theory to Christian ministry and non-profits. Previously, he consulted race and justice non-profits and ministries on research and data best practices.
David M. Bailey has spent the last 15 years using music as a tool in the reconciliation process. The speaker, producer, and author is a native of Richmond, the former “Capital of the Confederacy.” He hopes that his work will help the city become the “Capital of Reconciliation.”
David is the founder of Arrabon, a nonprofit that helps communities understand diversity and reconciliation through the vehicles of cultural training and music. He is an active member of a multicultural Christian faith community that endeavors to be a faithful presence for both the poor and rich in the gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill. Over the last five summers, he has conducted an urban songwriting internship to create new songs with people of diverse ethnicities, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds in order to tell new stories and create spaces of belonging in a gentrified community.
David is the author of Arrabon: Learning Reconciliation through Community and Worship Music and the producer of Urban Doxology. His greatest honor in life is to be married to his wonderful and beautiful wife, Joy.
Michelle Ami Reyes, Ph.D., is the Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative. She is also a co-church planter, editorial director at Pax, and a local CCDA networker. Her work on faith and culture has been featured in Christianity Today, Faithfully Magazine, Patheos, and more. Michelle has a forthcoming book with Zondervan on cross-cultural relationships called Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead To Lasting Connections Across Cultures. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Aaron, and two kids.
Sandra Maria Van Opstal is a second-generation Latina and the executive director of Chasing Justice. She is an author, pastor, and activist reimagining the intersection of faith and justice. Her work centers on chasing justice under the mentorship of the global church, for the mobilizing of the next generation of leaders. Sandra has given leadership in global movements such as Lausanne, The Justice Conference, and Urbana Missions Conference. She has also had a strong domestic presence as an executive pastor at Grace and Peace Church and as an activist on the west-side of Chicago.
Sandra serves as a board member for CCDA. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently pursuing doctoral work in urban leadership and transformation. She is a contributor to the New York Times bestselling book A Rhythm of Prayer and she’s also the author of The Mission of Worship.
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Gray and his wife, Vicki, have been married for 22 years and have two children: a daughter, Presley, and a son, Jeremiah.
After graduating from Brigham Young University, Gray played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). While playing for the Colts, he began his journey with Christ as a result of a NFL linebacker nicknamed “The Naked Preacher” sharing the love of Jesus with him.
Gray and his wife began an itinerant speaking ministry in 1999–One Heart At A Time Ministries–and he went on to graduate magna cum laude from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, with a concentration in Apologetics. But following God’s call on their lives and their desire to shepherd people towards transforming their world through the mission of Christ, the Lord transitioned Derwin from his primary role of itinerant speaker to being the Lead Pastor of Transformation Church in January of 2010. Coupling his dynamic speaking style with a shepherd’s heart, his intense passion for seeing lives and culture transformed is both contagious and inspiring.
Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart, published in 2010; Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, released September 2013; and soon to be released, Building a Multiethnic Church.
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