As youth workers, one of our goals is to prepare students to be a light wherever they are. Navigating through issues such as the topic of race can be a very dark place. On this episode, join Stuart Hall, Sam Collier, Gerald Fadayomi, and Sarah Anderson for a crucial conversation on why we should care about race in our youth ministries. Learn how you can personally diversify your ministry’s context, and your world as a youth worker.


  • We need to prepare our students to be a light and a voice wherever they go. (9:30)
  • We cannot raise the children we were. We have to raise the teenagers we have now. (11:00)
  • You can’t celebrate what you don’t see. If you see every student the same, then you’ll never be able to celebrate the uniqueness that God has given them. (13:30)
  • Our perspective is not reality all the time. (14:00)
  • We’re so conditioned to care about our own. (15:30)
  • Negative peace is peace with the absence of reconciliation. (17:00)
  • The issue of race is not “just history.” It’s personal. It’s part of who our students are. (19:45)
  • Emotions lead to actions. (23:00)
  • When is the best time to talk about this topic with students? (28:00)
  • Are you setting an example that someone of another race has value in your context? (28:30)
  • When you are writing your messages, are you speaking to one audience or bringing in different perspectives? (37:30)
  • A lack of empathy is pointing to an unintentional position of privilege. SH (45:00)
  • You must diversify who you are learning from. (55:00)
  • Ask yourself: What are you doing to learn about someone else’s culture? How is your heart when it comes to this matter? What are you doing to make your ministry more diverse? (57:00)
  • We cannot continue to ask the people who have been persecuted and oppressed to be the ones to address the issue. (1:01:00)


Book: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Book: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Book: Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips

Book: 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

Book: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Book: White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Article: Slave Bible From The 1800s Omitted Key Passages That Could Incite Rebellion



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