Southeastern Launches ‘Kingdom Diversity Missions Initiative’ to Encourage Minorities to Become More Involved In Great Commission Work

Charles Parker (third from left), a student from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, participates with a Southeastern Seminary team engaged in community service during Crossover Columbus in 2015.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern have launched a Kingdom Diversity Missions Initiative to encourage minorities to become more involved in Great Commission work around the world.

As a partnership between Southeastern’s Kingdom Diversity Initiative and its Center for Great Commission Studies, the new program offers minority students financial assistance for Southeastern mission trips along with help in preparing to go, such as raising funds and obtaining a passport. When students return from their trip, the initiative will provide a time of debrief to help students process what they have learned and apply it to God’s calling on their lives.

Seminary officials said the Kingdom Diversity Missions Initiative combines two of Southeastern’s strengths — missions and kingdom diversity — to address the reality that African, Hispanic and Asian Americans are disproportionately underrepresented on the international mission field.

Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies, citing International Mission Board data on the IMB’s 3,500 missionary personnel as of January 2017, reported that 0.44 percent of its missionary personnel were African American; 7.12 percent were Asian; and 1.7 percent were Hispanic.

Such percentages are “more alarming considering that 25 percent of all the 40,000-plus [Southern Baptist] churches are [ethnic majority] congregations,” the Great Commission Center stated at its website, www.thecgcs.org.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Harper McKay

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