A Diverse Church by Design

07.21.21 | Leader Development, Advocacy and Action, Racial Justice

    Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Leadership Program

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    A Diverse Church by Design: Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural (CRCC) Leadership Certificate Program is a biblically-based experimental approach to diversity and inclusion. ​It has been informed by the survey the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference conducted this year with pastors and lay leaders in 80 CRCC congregations and best practices.

    The program aims to increase churches' diversity and inclusion and develop ways to create God's Beloved Community where justice, equal opportunity, and love can embrace all. We will achieve our goal by a hands-on approach that includes:

    • Exercising strategic and creative work to define diversity and inclusion challenges in your congregation; and,
    • Seeking innovative solutions for ministerial excellence.

    As a result, you will be able to develop a creative plan for your church that will help everyone feel welcome, supported, respected, and included.

    The program consists of four modules based on a problem-solving approach. Upon completing the program, your church will receive a certificate acknowledging your commitment to creating a just, diverse and inclusive church. ​

    This program is designed to provide tools for fostering a culture of appreciation, respect, and inclusion, and for making evangelism culturally effective in a diverse world.


    Diversity promotes creativity and leads to higher team performance in an organization. This is particularly true regarding church ministry. A diverse church leadership brings a wide range of God-given talents, leadership styles, different gifts and perspectives, and spiritual growth with openness.


    This program is for a team of up to five leaders in a church, including the pastor. It is designed for:

    • Churches looking for solutions to be a more diverse and inclusive church. 
    • Leaders who want to grow a stronger intercultural ministry team.
    • Those congregations who have received a new cross-racial/cross-cultural appointment this year.

    Register for the program by Friday, October 8.  The curriculum is designed as a hybrid model with four learning modules. Hybrid courses entail self-paced online learning and live interactive lessons. The first live interactive lesson will begin on Saturday, October 23. Course commitments include:

    • Complete four modules consisting of self-paced study material (approximately taking an hour to review).
    • Participate in 1.5 hours of live online sessions each quarter (October, January, April, and July).
    • Have guided reflections with Conversation Partners in your context (November, February, and May)
    • Complete quarterly assignments (December, March, and June).
    • Present A Diverse Church by Design project to your church.
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    When? Schedule of Zoom Training

    Module 1: Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET

    Module 2: Saturday, January 22nd from 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET

    Module 3: Saturday, April 30th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET

    Module 4: Saturday, July 23rd from 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET


    These faculty provide leadership during the quarterly sessions.

    Rev. HiRho Park - Lead Pastor at Bethesda UMC and Vice President for International Relations and Advancement at Huree University.  View Bio.

    Dr. C. Anthony Hunt - Pastor/Professor/Consultant/Leadership and Life Coach in The United Methodist Church; CEO New Horizons Coaching/Consulting.  View Bio.

    Rev. Stacey Cole Wilson - Executive Minister of Beloved Community for the Baltimore-Washington Conference. 

    Rev. Doug Frederick Douglas Powe, Jr. - Director of Lewis Center for Church Leadership and Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary. 

    Rev. Neal Christie - Executive Minister of Connected Engagement for the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

    Rev. J. Val Hastings - Founder and president of Coaching4Today's Leaders and Coaching4Clergy.  View Bio.


    Sojourners accompany congregations throughout the program to ensure that they have the support they need to implement well. 

    Phillip Ayer
    My coaching has focused on working with clergy and laity in individual sessions. I have also spent many hours in group and team coaching. I have been certified in EIQ, DISC, Positive Intelligence, and Discipleship Coaching.  I have also been certified with ICF as a Mentor Coach. In the past year, I have worked at developing an international cohort of coaches for peer coaching and professional referrals. I am also actively coaching two congregations/pastors in developing plans for the future This July, I will be leading a new design in parish ministry as a Coaching Elder.

    Rev. Jessica S. Hayden
    Rev. Jessica Hayden is an ordained Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. She began her pastoral ministry in 2010. From 2010-2020 she served in three cross-racial appointments in the Baltimore District. She is currently serving as pastor of Randall Memorial UMC in Washington, D.C. Rev. Hayden is a qualified administrator and interpreter of the Intercultural Development Inventory and she has provided interpretation of the IDI to BWC staff and leaders. She is a clergy mentor for candidates seeking ordination. Rev. Hayden is also a licensed professional counselor in Maryland and has more than 13 years of individual/group counseling and supervisory experience.

    George Winkfield 
    For the last five years, I have had the pleasure to mentor candidates for ordained ministry with the District Committee of Ordained Ministry and the BWCj Board of Ordained Ministry.  I have had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences of pastoring a variety of churches including Cross-Racial Cross-Cultural appointments. I work to guide those I mentor through the process of commissioning and ordination. For individuals who already have appointments, I help them to navigate the early portions of their life as a pastor in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

     Dr. Kevin M. James, Sr. 
    I have provided professional mentorship and coaching opportunities for the last 25 years. Being a former district superintendent, campus minister, college chaplain, seminary and college Trustee, and the current senior pastor of a multicultural/multiracial church has enhanced my abilities to assist other clergy colleagues and congregations.

    Val Hastings
    I have been providing coaching, coach training, and mentor-coaching for the past 20 years. I have offered these services in five different languages and on five continents. I am also the founder of Coaching4Clergy and Coaching4TodaysLeaders.

    Steven (SungHwan) Cho
    I am a life coach and a Methodist minister serving at Ward's Chapel UMC in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. My coaching journey began with taking courses in the Coaching4Clergy training program in 2018. Working through these courses soon became an amazing turning point to restructure my life and to review some bumpy issues I was facing. My coaching buddies guided me to find better solutions through that process. Later, I established Coaching for Transformation and invited people from diverse life-environments and cultural contexts. My coaching specialty is dealing with issues of churches and groups in the cross-cultural and multicultural context. Any request from individuals or churches is welcome. Life is an interesting journey, similar to riding a roller coaster. Once we feel that we have grabbed some clues for the next step, we then realize there's another bumpy obstacle ahead. However, as a transformational coach, I can provide you with reliable questions and insightful conversation so that you can wisely handle your challenges and restructure your community plans. I will be a good buddy for your journey!

    Jon McCoy
    I have participated in several mentoring/coaching relationships over the past 20 years, working with pastors of various congregations across the United States. My experiences in CR-CC appointments have included churches in several annual conferences. As a mentor and coach, I have assisted both clergy and laity in the development and evaluation of innovative ministries in urban and suburban settings. Rather than attempting to impose existing models upon pastors or congregational settings, effective coaching explores the unique gifts and insights of individual pastors and assists them in utilizing approaches that are comfortable and best suited for them. Mentoring offers another type of engagement that takes advantage of opportunities to learn from a wide range of experiences. In some cases, it is the similarity of the challenges, strengths, opportunities, and goals that influence the value of the mentoring relationship. In other cases, the impact of a mentoring relationship is expressed through the clarification of perspectives.


    A Diverse Church by Design is sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference.  There is no cost to register and complete the year-long program. The program includes a certain amount of time with a sojourner who accompanies congregations throughout the program to ensure that they have the support needed. Should your congregation determine it needs more support throughout the program, there will be a cost associated.

    Scholarships are available for those with a financial need.