Lessons From The Listening Sessions
The top 10 things diverse groups at Peoples Church Cincinnati learned when they listened to each other.
The Listening Sessions were a project done by Peoples Church, Cincinnati to hear the needs of the major cultural groups in their body. This project was commissioned by Lead Pastor, Chris Beard, and was the brain- child of Carole Patton, long time member at Peoples Church. This church includes over thirty different nations, so sessions were divided into six major cultural groups including: Asian, African American, Caucasian, East African, West African, and Latino. Concentrated time was spent understanding what the congregation loved about Peoples Church and what could be changed to see each culture more represented. Lessons from the Listening Sessions are the leanings as compiled by TranscendCulture. Hopefully you will find some insights that you connect with. To have a customized Listening Sessions experience designed for your church/ organization needs, contact us! We would love to help.
- 1. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
- 2. Represent everyone's culture in our worship and weekend services
- 3 Let's celebrate special holidays together
- 4. If you care about me, care about my kids and include them
- 5. Slow down and connect, then remember what I told you
- 6. Remove barriers for speakers of other languages
- 7. We want to learn from other cultures
- 8. Invite us to serve together
- 9. The church family that prays together stays together
- 10. Our reconciliation needs to expand out into the city in ways we can all be involved.
About The Authors
This project was commissioned by lead Pastor, Chris Beard and the brain child of Carol Patton long time member at Peoples church. "Lessons from the Listening Sessions" are the leanings as compiled by Oneya Fennell Okuwobi.Oneya serves as the Director of Cross Cultural Education at Peoples Church (Cincinnati, OH), which has transitioned from a 98% Caucasian commuter church to a church that reflects the diversity of the city (25% international, 25% African American and 50% Caucasian). She is also the founder of TranscendCulture, a small organizational services firm dedicated to resourcing the multiethnic church. Oneya is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. - Economics) and Regent University (M. Div. Practical Theology). Oneya has previously written Crossonomics, a study designed to bridge socio-economic gaps and Transcend, a workbook designed to stimulate conversation on racial issues.