More Than 'Getting Together': Youth Ministry and Race

Featuring Rev. Tina Harris & Dr. Brandon Winstead | 9a - 1p

Youth Ministry has, for decades, largely ignored how race and racism shapes the identity of youth in their ministries and how it affects their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st century. In this discussion, Dr. Winstead and Rev. Tina Harris will talk about how youth workers can move beyond merely having racially diverse youth ‘get together’ in their ministries. They will challenge us to effect authentic racial awareness and justice in their ministries by helping young people wrestle with local racial realities that have shaped their self-identities. Not only that, but they will invite youth workers to develop practices of racial awareness, confession, and participation alongside cross-cultural youth ministries so that expressions of biblical justice across racial lines will take place.

Rev. Tina Harris answered her call to ministry in 2008.  She knows that God is using her to “encourage, equip, and empower people using the Word of God.”  Tina has a Masters of Divinity from St Paul School of Theology. She has served the local church as the Pastor of Children & Youth and the Minister of Discipleship at St James UMC. She was appointed to serve as the Pastor at Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church in downtown Kansas City. GATUMC is an important ministry in the community that gives voice to the voiceless, welcomes the outsider, feeds the hungry and demonstrates Jesus’ unconditional love to all.  

She currently serves on the Avenue of Life Board of Directors, Missouri Conference Board of Trustees, and the Mayor’s Taskforce on Violence. An attorney, diversity expert, and active member of the community, this child of God, has many gifts and interests, but only one true passion to love God with all her heart, mind and soul. If you ask Tina what is one word that would describe the theme of her life, she would answer “SHINE.” She believes that God lovingly and purposely handcrafted each and every one of us to Shine – and we should do so in every area of our lives.

Dr. Brandon Winstead holds a Ph.D. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He has spent over fifteen years in youth ministry in both urban and suburban settings around the United States and has worked to bring together youth ministries across racial lines to critically engage race as means for Christian discipleship. He is an author and has published numerous articles and spoken nationally on topics in African American religious history and youth ministry. Winstead is currently the Director of the Six8 Fellowship (a Youth Theology Institute) at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. When he isn’t ministering to young folks or reflecting on the glories of his Floridian heritage, he loves spending time with his awesome family, sunshine, days above 85 degrees, and sweating while watching FSU football games in November.


Date: Thursday, December 1, 9:00a – 1:00p, lunch included

Location: Nazarene Theological Seminary, Room 304 (1700 E Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64131)

Cost: $10

Please REGISTER BELOW by November 29

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