Engaging Your Community with Cultural Sensitivity

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As the United States population becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative for churches to develop the awareness and skills needed to interact successfully with people from diverse experiences. Methods that work well with a segment of the community may be irrelevant or inappropriate for other segments of the community. As church leaders seeking to connect with the community, we must be willing to be lifelong learners and willing to implement innovative ways of working with a diverse community. This work begins with understanding how culture operates.

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Rev. Giovanni Arroyo is the Team Leader for Program Ministries at the United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR). Giovanni develops and designs initiatives related to the vital conversations priority of GCORR’s ministry model as well as serves as point of contact for partners and stakeholders across the connection at the General Church and Annual Conference levels. Giovanni also administers the CORR Action Fund program (Minority Self Determination Fund Grant).