New Church Ministry proudly presents IMPACT, a new webinar series that welcomes you on a captivating journey of storytelling and deep mutual learning. In each episode, host and Minister of New Church Strategies Rev. Dr. Jose Martinez invites guests who have defied conventions and fostered vibrant communities of faith to share their invaluable experiences and personal narratives. By exploring the challenges, triumphs, and transformative moments of these visionary leaders, attendees gain invaluable inspiration and direction for their own ventures.
This dynamic series embraces diversity, welcoming influential leaders from a multitude of faith traditions and backgrounds. From established religious institutions to emerging spiritual movements, IMPACT showcases a broad spectrum of voices and perspectives, ensuring participants have a rich tapestry of insights to draw from. While each of its speakers bring a distinct approach and innovative strategies to the table, equipping participants with a toolkit of ideas to create thriving, inclusive places of worship that resonate with today’s seekers, IMPACT emphasizes the power of storytelling as a catalyst for change. Whether you are an aspirational individual looking to make a difference or a member of an established congregation that is considering revitalizing its mission, IMPACT is your transformative guide. Join us as we delve into the profound potential that storytelling has to shape the future of faith communities worldwide. Together, we can ignite a new era of spiritual vitality and make an enduring impact on the lives of those we serve.
Patriotic Heresy: Addressing and Countering Christian Nationalism
Over the last several years, the United States has seen a rise in Christian Nationalism from local governments to members of Congress who have self-identified as Christian Nationalists. The mainline church has held the belief that Christian Nationalism is undemocratic, un-American, and even antithetical to the Gospel. However, the Church has not done a good job of countering these behaviors at an institutional level. Attend the first IMPACT webinar episode on August 23 at 3:00 PM EST as New Church Ministry is joined by two members of the Baptist Joint Committee to discuss the heretical dangers of Christian Nationalism and how Americans can help counter its presence in their local, state, and federal governments.
Digital Communications Associate
Georgia McKee, from Frisco, Texas, is the digital communications associate at BJC. She assists BJC’s communications teams with social media and content development, and she manages and runs the TikTok account for Christians Against Christian Nationalism (available at the handle @endchristiannationalism).
A former BJC intern, McKee is a graduate student at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, working toward a Master of Divinity degree. She earned her B.A. in Faith & Social Justice from Belmont University. Previously, she worked for The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute and local political campaigns, and she co-founded Christian Athlete Circles.
Advocacy and Outreach Manager
Jaziah B. Masters, originally from Dallas, Texas, is the advocacy and outreach manager at BJC. He coordinates a variety of education and advocacy efforts that educate, engage and empower BJC’s supporters, expanding the base of support for religious liberty.
Masters is a 2017 graduate of Baylor University, where he majored in political science. He earned his M.P.S. degree in the field of legislative affairs at George Washington University in 2020. Prior to joining BJC, he interned on Capitol Hill in the office of U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield. Masters also interned in the office of Texas state Rep. Helen Giddings, where he provided legislative and administrative support.
BJC and NCM endorsed resources
RESPONDING TO CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM CURRICULUM — CHRISTIANS AGAINST CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM
This curriculum informs a deeper dive into the dangers of Christian nationalism and is intended for churches and other small discussion groups.
CHRISTIANS AGAINST CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM STATEMENT
This online statement provides a more accurate picture of how American Christians view Christian nationalism. It demonstrates common ground across the broad Christian family and can serve as a helpful resource for those combating the ideology of Christian nationalism and engaging in civil dialogue.
SAY NO TO “CHAPLAINS” IN TEXAS SCHOOLS
This letter is only for Texas chaplains to sign.
GA-2341: CALLING THE CHURCH TO OPPOSE CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM
A resolution that was passed at the 2023 General Assembly calling on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to denounce Christian Nationalism in all its forms, commit to educating Disciples on the societal and spiritual dangers of Christian Nationalism, and equip congregations and pastors with information and resources to faithfully oppose this cultural framework that fuses a radically exclusionary form of Christian supremacist identity with the political and civic participation of a nation’s citizens through the appropriation of Christian language and imagery to amass political power.
RESOURCES SHARED BY WEBINAR PARTICIPANTS
- Amazon.com: Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States – Whitehead, Andrew L., Perry, Samuel L. (book)
- The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back?- Davis, Jim, Graham, Michael, Burge, Ryan P., Collin Hansen (book)
- List of Resources on Christian Nationalism from Derek Penwell
- Inside the fundamentalist Christian movement that wants to remake Canadian politics (article)
- Canadian Christian nationalism not Christian, it’s not Canadian, or patriotic either (article)
- How white Christian nationalism is part of the ‘freedom convoy’ protests (article)
- The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada (2011 book)
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