Church Diversity

2012 Echo Conference


In this 40 minute session from the 2012 Echo Conference, Scott Williams challenges the Church to recognize where we're divided and to change our perspective and become part of a culture-changing and world-changing movement. Scott Williams is the Chief Solutions Officer for Nxt Level Solutions. Scott is a speaker, pastor, strategist, consultant and a respected thought leader. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role. 


As Scott Williams introduced the topic of unity through diversity, he explained that everything we do tells a story—our clothing, the colors we choose, the architecture of a church, etc. What do your choices say about you, your team, church or organization?
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Read Galatians 3:28 and think of that verse in relationship to the spoken word video "Diversity Symphony." What thoughts, emotions or memories did that stir in you?
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Read Matt. 22:37–39. Scott explained that to have unity through diversity, we must "live the great commandment." How are you reaching out and stepping out to love your neighbor who may not look, talk, or act like you?
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Read John 4:27–30, 39–42. Scott also used the story of the Samaritan women to talk about each person's responsibility to reach out. Like the Samaritan woman, because of your moment with Jesus, your life was changed. There is power in your story! What means are you using to get "the town" to Jesus?
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Scott used his experience as a prison warden to make some amusing, yet true comparisons between prison and church.
  1. In prisons and churches, if you want to be successful, you have to care about your people.
  2. Prisons and churches are led by a set of rules (and there are more rules in church!).
  3. Prisons and churches have sinners in need of a savior.
  4. Prisons and churches are the most segregated places in America.

Would the people on your team, in your organization, your volunteers or staff say you treat them with dignity and respect? Why or why not? Is there anything that needs to change?
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Scott gave the statistic that 93% of churches are segregated and quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, "we must face the sad fact, that on Sunday morning, when we stand in church to sing, we are in one of the most segregated hours in America." What does your church, organization, or team look like? Is that true in your context?
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Read Matt. 28:19. Scott also explained that to have unity through diversity, we must "do the great commission." He challenged the audience to take the "cell phone test" to see if all our contacts looked like us. Your ministry is an overflow of what happens inside your heart. Is it time that you step out and make new relationships?
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Scott emphasized that diversity is not a black or white issue, it is a body of Christ issue. And as followers of Christ we are one body. Where is your heart as it relates to diversity? Does unity in the Church matter to you? Are you willing to change? Are you willing to talk about it? What can/will you do?
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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)


For information or to purchase tickets to experience next year's Echo Conference live, go to echoconference.com.