A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
NOTE: View the full Diverse Community Panel discussion here.
God’s hope is to bring people from all nations, tribes, languages, and ethnicities together into one family. It’s why Jesus came to die for all of us. But oftentimes, this harmonious diverse community is not at all our experience. What leads us to issues in our diverse communities, and how can we overcome the barriers that plague us?
Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.
Please read before your conversation about A Diverse Community:
We are so excited for how God will grow us into a diverse community that welcomes, serves, and uplifts each other! We also recognize that there are hurts, divisions, and very complex issues that would seek to divide us. As a movement at Gateway, we are beginning a journey that will be beautiful, challenging, and at times uncomfortable. We invite you to join us because God’s heart is for us to reflect God’s coming kingdom here and now (see Revelation 7:9-10).
For Life Groups:
• Honor one another.
• Please avoid political conversations. If the conversation begins to become political, divisive, or unhelpful, pause the conversation immediately. Acknowledge the different viewpoints, remind people that it’s okay to disagree, and then redirect it back to the scriptures and questions we’ve provided.
• Allow space for different stories. We’re not here to disprove another person’s experience. Your story and another person’s story can both be true.
• Listen, acknowledge, and learn, even if we disagree with another person.
• Ask for permission from people of color before inviting them to share about their experiences and/or perspectives. Some of us may be open and ready to share, while others are not. Please respect those postures.