Friday, October 08, 2021
Diverse Church by Design is a cross-racial and cross-cultural (CRCC) leadership certificate program, It is a biblically-based experimental approach to diversity and inclusion. that 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 — exercising strategic and creative work to define diversity and inclusion challenges in your congregation—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. Participating in this program will convince you that diversity and inclusion can be achieved by design, in other words, by intentional and strategic planning. Upon completing the program, your church will receive a certificate acknowledging your commitment to creating a just, diverse and inclusive church.
The curriculum is designed as a hybrid model with four learning modules. Hybrid courses entail self-paced online learning and live interactive lessons. Self-study materials will be released on Oct. 11. The first live interactive lessons will begin on Saturday, October 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. . Other live sessions will be on Jan. 22, April 30, and July 23.