- “Who is the Black Church?”
Pastor Michael Wright and Pastor Ray Berryhill, two highly influential African-American pastors in Chicago, describe the reality of the African-American church, what it means for the preservation of a culture, and some of the profound difficulties and unique challenges for the African-American church, especially in relating with the Anglo church throughout North America. Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill has served as Senior Pastor of Resurrected Life Church International, (formerly Evangel Assembly of God which merged with Bethesda Christian Center) in Chicago, Illinois, since December 1992. Under his leadership Resurrected Life has become a thriving multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-lingual congregation of more than 50 nationalities.
- “Walking across the street”
Many of those in the predominantly Anglo world wonder where to even begin as we look “across the street” to the African-American Church. What are concrete steps we can take in our times, in our contexts? Canon William Beasley and Pastor Michael Wright share their remarkable stories of doing just that: walking into the context of “the other”, even if confusing and uncomfortable, and beginning as Anglo and African-American leaders and churches to walk together in common worship and the Gospel.
- “The Bridge”
Mission is changing, and the face of global mission work will never be the same. In this session we learn how an ongoing “reciprocal mission” relationship between Kenya and North America, based on mutual learning, submission, and the preaching of the Gospel, led to an unlikely yet beautiful connection with the African-American church. Provost Sammy Wainaina of the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi, dialogues with Pastor Michael Wright on how the Lord has built a bridge across cultures and broken down barriers in a supernatural way, even as challenges arise between African-American context and the Kenyan culture, and vice-versa.
- “Walking Forward Together”
As we look toward a future North America that is more diverse than ever, our hearts long for the vision of “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9). What if Kenyan missionaries partnered with black churches to reach out to the south side of Chicago? What if our Church truly was reaching out to places previously believed to be beyond our scope, and global mission was really on our doorstep?