July 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Held virtually on Zoom
At the 2017 Annual Conference Session, GNJ approved a 10-year intercultural competency plan that will develop laity and clergy so that we continue to strengthen and grow diversity, inclusion and collaboration in our local churches, communities and GNJ. A Journey of Hope plan approved at the 2020 Annual Conference serves to deepen and integrate this intercultural competency work.
As a part of this commitment, we are offering a Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Workshop for those pastors and churches who are receiving a cross-racial and/or cross-cultural appointment starting on July 1, 2021.
The intent of our gathering is to provide pastors and laity with the awareness of barriers, challenges and blessings of cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments, as well as to build new skill sets and learn how to welcome and embrace a new pastor. Congregations have been specially invited to attend the Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Workshop.
The agenda of the day will invite participants to:
- Discover cultural competency and its biblical framework
- Connect with leaders who also serve in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments
- Explore the resource called “Learning from Stranger”
- Discern congregational next steps
Each church should assemble a team of four people, including the pastor, to attend the training. Team members may include the associate pastor, lay leader, representatives from the pastor/staff parish relations committee, finance, trustees, or a young person from the congregation. Incoming pastor or the pastor parish chairperson should register the team of four.