The CRC’s Diversity ministry (now part of Thrive) was established to affirm and support CRC congregations as they work toward becoming more inclusive environments, welcoming the calling and use of gifts in people of various ethnicities. Like Jesus, we want to break down the unseen boundaries of our time and bring his good news to all.
Jesus chose diversity not only for his Jewish disciples but as the best means of changing the world with ALL nations in mind. For building diverse churches today, we should not mind crossing ethnic and cultural boundaries, because our Lord and Master Jesus did it first. Let’s follow the Master’s lead.
August 13, 2023, has been set aside this year as Diversity Sunday. Consider using some of the attached resources to help start a conversation on diversity at your church. And please support Thrive and their continuing work to strengthen and grow diverse leadership within the CRCNA.
- Suggested Bible story: Jesus Talks with a Samaritan Woman (John 4)
- Bulletin insert (download attachment below or order through Faith Alive)
- Sermon starter: A Biblical-Theological View on Diversity and Racism by Rev. Shiao Chong (pdf file attached below)
- Suggested Scripture passage:
“This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” ~ Ephesians 3:6 (NIV)