Pastors Unite Congregations to Talk about Race

Pastor James Goolsby of First Baptist Church of Christ, an African American congregation, leads a church that dates back to the 1800’s when slave owners prompted their slaves to start their own service. Pastor Scott Dickison of the white First Baptist Church just around the corner in Macon, GA has partnered with Goolsby to gather their congregations together in order to discuss race after the shooting in a Charleston, S.C. church.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Racial divisions continue to be a challenge in the church and in America, but church leaders can begin to foster dialogue that can lead to the unity that is already ours in Christ.

  • Why Pastors Matter: All pastors can start with the common ground of ministry and the call of the Gospel.
  • Why Churches Matter: Churches have the space and the critical masses of people in order to host these difficult discussions.
  • Models Needed? There isn’t one way to do this. Some churches have pursued dialogue one-on-one, while other churches have formed dialogue networks with multiple congregations.

How do your neighborhood demographics impact your approach to racial dialogue?

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