NAVIGATING RACIAL HARMONY IN OUR CITY & CULTURE

Duane Smets moderates a panel of Pastors Chris Sandoval, Vince Larson, and Coral Cook on how we can navigate racial harmony in our city and culture.

Here are some of the questions we discussed:

Has race been an issue or topic in your church at all in the last year or two?  Tell us about it.

What is the role of the gospel in responding to national and local racial injustices and racialized “events” ie Charlottesville? How to get ahead of it and be prepared to respond with the gospel?

How do we create a space for honest conversation and remove the veil of fear & offense surrounding these touchy topics?  

How do we also take steps towards people of color instead of only focusing on “attracting” people of color? As in how to integrate those two modes of being.  How do we resist the tribal tendency to seek out those who are like us in regards to class and race?

What is the role and purpose of “white guilt” if any?  What is “white privilege”? And how do we address its reality as a church?

What is the real and tangible vision of racial harmony even look like? How can we cast clear vision of something as nebulous as racial harmony?

THINKING THROUGH THE WORSHIP GATHERING

Ryan Leech, Director of Worship at The Resolved Church, helps us think through the liturgies of our worship gatherings as well as other aspects of the Sunday gathering.

Ryan says, "Our goal as liturgists is to communicate the gospel clearly, not only in what we preach, but what we sing and our myriad forms of non-verbal practices and habits."

We've also attached a number of recommended resources from Ryan on thinking through worship and liturgy as well as a number of other books and apps at the bottom of the notes attached below.

If you'd like to contact Ryan, you may email him here.

2018 CALENDAR

FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
5444 NAPA ST. SAN DIEGO, CA
11:30am - 1:30pm


JAN 3
PRAYING FOR OUR CITY & CHURCHES
Tab Trainor

FEB 7
MINISTERING IN A PLURALISTIC & OPINIONATED CULTURE
Adriel Sanchez

MAR 7
THINKING THROUGH THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE:
LITURGY, MUSIC, AUDIO, VISUALS, STAGE, LIGHTING & MORE
Ryan Leech

APR 11
NAVIGATING RACIAL HARMONY IN OUR CITY & CHURCHES
Panel: Coral Cook, Chris Sandoval, Vince Larson

MAY 9
THE ART OF BEING SELFISH
Chris Brown

JUNE 6
THE ROLE OF THEOLOGY IN MINISTRY
Dr. Michael Horton

JULY 11
DEALING WITH CRITICISM & DISCOURAGEMENT
Duane Smets

AUG 1
THE ART OF CONNECTING
Shaun Garman

SEPT 5
USING WHAT YOU GOT & MULTIPLYING IT
Ed Noble

OCT 3
PARENTING WHILE PASTORING
Mark Foreman

NOV 7
TBD
Chivo Hawkins

DEC 5
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GOSPEL ELDERSHIP CONFERENCE

On November 1-3, 2017, San Diego Church Planting hosted Gospel Eldership: The Conference with Bob Thune, pastor and author of Gospel Eldership as well as other titles such as The Gospel-Centered Life.

We've recorded all of the sessions and posted them below. Enjoy and share this valuable resource!

The Preaching Pastor
Session 1

Most churches have a primary preacher which has its unique challenges and responsibilities within the eldership. How he conducts himself, submits to the other elders, and presents their voice is crucial to Gospel Eldership.

The Working Pastor
Session 2

Non-vocational pastors are an immense help and blessing, complementing the staff elders in the leadership of the church. The natural time limitations due to their job outside the church requires healthy and realistic expectations of their capacity and contribution. Gospel Eldership values and respects their critical role.

The Unity of The Pastors
Session 3

Part of the blessing of a plurality of elders is multiple perspectives and ideas, which can easily create tension and relational strife. Learning how to love each other, hear one another, truly work together, and make unified decisions is essential to Gospel Eldership.

The Wives & Families of The Pastors
Session 4

The pastor’s wife and children are the first he pastors. They are fundamental to the pastoral role. What is often forgotten is how being a pastor affects one’s spouse and children, both in their individual identities and how people in the church view and treat them. Gospel Eldership aims to support the wives and children in healthy relationships with each other and the people of the church.