Leroy Barber is President of Mission Year, a national urban initiative introducing 18-29 year olds to missional and communal living for one year of their lives, and is CEO of FCS Urban Ministries. He is co-pastor of Community Life Church, and on the boards of CCDA and Word Made Flesh. Leroy is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community and Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World and was also chosen as a contributor to the groundbreaking book UnChristian. Leroy is married to Donna and together they have five children.
See Leroy elsewhere:
• Mission Year
• FCS Urban Ministries
• Check out Leroy’s books on our Recommended Reading page.
Leroy Barber :: Where does diversity begin?
“Take it out of the clouds and bring it down to my everyday life,” says Leroy Barber, Author and Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh. “The dream is that it is a norm in the church, but it starts in our individual lives, each of us asking the question, ‘Where in my life can I reach over to someone who is not like me?’”
Leroy Barber :: What did you experience and discover in Ferguson?
There were two things happening in Ferguson: a family and community were in mourning, and the town had also become a flashpoint for the national history of racism experienced by people of color at the hands of police. “People are marching for more than just the Brown family, although we want to make sure we are marching with them,” says Leroy Barber, Author and Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh. “It should jar us to think, ‘What can we do?’”
Leroy Barber :: What is the most significant factor in achieving diversity?
“At the end of the day, we all are dependent on the cross,” says Leroy Barber, Author and Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh. Grace is ultimately the key to achieving diversity, grace for people we don’t understand, grace for people that hurt us, and grace for ourselves as we grapple with these weighty issues. “This incredible story of grace and truth all mixed up together gives us a common story.”
More Leroy Barber Videos
What led you to write Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight?
Is there a better model for today’s missions fundraising?
How do we develop more diversity in missions leadership?
Why did you go to Ferguson?
What is your dream for your book Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight?
How can I educate myself about issues of race and diversity?
Does political correctness hinder authentic communication?
Have you had “The Talk” with your sons?
What is “The Talk”?
Is “The Talk” only necessary for black men, not women?
What is racial profiling?
Do police truly treat black people differently than white people?
Why is diversity essential for successful missions boards?
Can a multicultural church work?
Do seminaries and bible colleges reaffirm non-negotiable beliefs and prejudices?
How can Christians avoid having a savior complex?
How can churches become more multicultural?
How can churches get involved in low income communities?
How can I get involved in low income ministry?
How does God work with privilege?
How do we engage people that are different than us?
How do we interact with people whose beliefs and prejudices seem non-negotiable?
How do we practically do justice?
How do you define ‘gentrification’ and ‘redlining’?
How is relationship important in missions?
How is today’s younger generation changing the church?
Is gentrification of city centers affecting the churches in suburbia?
What is Mission Year?
What is privilege?
What is the meaning of Everyday Missions?
What is the message of your new book, ‘Red, Yellow, Black and White’?
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