Resources to Help Your Church Respond to Racial Tensions

Posted by Aaron Buer on June 11, 2020

The last few weeks have been shocking and painful for so many.

How as churches do we respond to the cultural upheaval?

What’s our role?

Answers to these questions may differ significantly for every church.

In fact, I’m not going to tell you how I think you should respond in these moments.

However, I do want to share a few resources that might be helpful as you and your church process how to think and respond amid the racial tension we are experiencing in America.  

If you’re wondering what these resources are all about, I would say: empathy.

My goal these last few weeks has been to listen and encourage our congregation to do the same.

It might be helpful to know that I help lead a suburban church that is 97% white.

Listening is paramount.

Yes, we are speaking out and teaching on race from the scriptures, but I believe what is needed is empathy, which begins with listening.  

Village Church - Justice and Racial Reconciliation

The first resource that might be helpful is a panel discussion that the Village Church did a few years ago.

It’s so relevant that it feels like it belongs in June of 2020.

I am sharing this for two reasons.

First, I found the content really helpful.

Second, if you’re asking yourself, “How should our church respond?” I feel this is a great model to consider.

A mini-sermon around racial justice, partnered with a panel discussion, might be an excellent  idea.

If you aren’t able to watch the whole sermon, I would encourage you to watch the last 10 minutes. 

 

 

How Can Black and Whites Stand Together on Racial Injustice?

The second resource is a conversation between Garrett Kell, Darryl Williamson, and John Onwuchekwa.

All three of them are pastors.

I think this video might be helpful, especially if you are a white pastor of a predominately white congregation, and you want to begin to understand what it’s like to be a black believer in America.  

 

 

 

Russell Moore Sermon - 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Here is a sermon that was given by Russell Moore on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

It is incredibly challenging and compelling.

You really need to hear it.  

 

 

 

Reverend Tony Evans 

The last resource I want to share is from Pricilla Shirer’s Instagram. It’s an informal video of her dad, the Reverend Tony Evans, sharing stories and wisdom with his grandkids about responding to white police officers, the role of the church in this season, and a few other important topics.

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Wrap Up

I hope these resources are helpful as we process how to lead, serve, and engage in these troubling times.

Thanks for reading.

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