LOS ANGELES, CA – In a move to help increase the number of ethnic minorities and women getting seminary education, The Passion for Christ Movement (P4CM) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) have partnered to devote attention and resources to getting more minorities and women into seminary education. At the same time, they hope to expose the seminary culture to diverse Christian perspectives and cultures since seminary make up is traditionally more racially and culturally White.
They will use the various video messages that P4CM has put out to help show the perspective of a more urban form of ministry. At the same time, they’ll expose the audience of P4CM to the variety of opportunities for theological training now made available per the Kingdom Diversity Initiative. SEBTS is putting its money where its mouth is through the Kingdom Diversity Scholarship which is for ethnic minorities at any degree level and women of any ethnicity at the doctoral level.
Walter Strickland, Special Advisor to the President on Diversity and Maliek Blade, Kingdom Diversity Coordinator lead the charge of instituting the values of Kingdom Diversity within SEBTS, the Southern Baptist Convention and beyond. Strickland previously shared that, “This is in the scripture. I believe that iron sharpens iron most acutely across the lines of difference. We often learn very much across the lines of age. You know older people teaching younger people. I’ve learned a lot from my wife as she and I are different in the way that God built us. But two lines of difference that we, the American church, haven’t availed ourselves to learning from are socioeconomic status and the line of race. To be able to, sort of, come alongside your brother and sister and just really get into their shoes, seeing the world how they see it from their cultural perspective. And I think that is actually a wonderful picture of what the body is supposed to be.”
By working across racial lines, people on both sides of what can sometimes be a cultural divide can work to bring understanding on both sides and help the body of Christ grow closer.