Seminary Dropout 98: Efrem Smith of World Impact Talks About A Diverse Church and #BLACKLIVESMATTER


Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations.

Efrem has held positions with church and Para church organizations as well as community foundations. He has also served as Founding Pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church and President of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of World Impact, a urban missions organization committed to the empowerment of the urban poor through the facilitation of church planting movements and leadership development. He is the author of the books, “Raising-up Young Heroes”, “The Hip Hop Church”, “Jump”, and “The Post-Black and Post-White Church.”

Efrem is married to Donecia and has two daughters; Jaeda and Mireya.

Some things discussed in the show…

…in The Post-Black and Post-White Church, Efrem uses the example of Jesus to develop a theology of multi-ethnic and missional leadership. What does the example of Jesus teach us about multi-ethnic and missional leadership?

…ways that homogenous churches can become multi-ethnic.

….what it means to “recognizing the race matrix of Black and White that has held the Church captive and break free”.

…Efrem wrote a piece recently on your blog about a situation in which you wrote the #BlackChurchesMatter, and some responded saying #AllChurchesMatter, which is a parallel to the #blacklivesmatter vs #alllivesmatter false dichotomy. Efrem went on to make a Biblical case for saying black lives and black churches matter and talks that through on the show.

…the work of World Impact and Efrem’s role there.

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