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Scott Williams previously served as a key leader and Campus Pastor for LifeChurch.tv. Currently he serves at PeoplesChurch.tv, one of the fastest growing multi-ethnic churches in America. He is the Chief Solutions Officer for Nxt Level Solutions, a consulting company he founded to help businesses, non-profits and ministries move from where they are to where they want to be. Nxt Level Solutions has worked with some of the largest churches, non-profits and fortune 100 companies in the United States. Scott is a storyteller, strategist, and a respected thought leader. He is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com, and has been featured in the Top 15 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter. He is the author ofChurch Diversity: Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week. Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.
Echo Conference | Keynote 4 | Scott Williams
At the end of the day, every single one of us is a storyteller
If you look at the architecture of this building, it tells a story
Unity through Diversity
Live the Great Commandment
Matthew 22:37-29 “Love the Lord your God will all your heart” “Love your neighbor as yourself”
Helps to win our neighbors who are far from God
Story of the Samaritan woman at the well, outside of Jesus’ race
How many of you would say that because of your ministry, your life is different?
Why don’t you do everything you can to tell the people in the town?
RESULT: People will believe because you told others
Marketing and reaching people is no longer about what you’re selling, it’s about the story you’re telling
Everyone has a story/testimony
Churches and prisons are the most segregated places in America
93% of churches in America are segregated
Sunday morning is one of the most segregated days of the week
Talking about race is uncomfortable
3 things we’re not supposed to talk about: race, religion, politics
We MUST be willing to talk about race
Acts 15 is first church-wide conflict
Why diversity matters:
Matters to God
God has called us to be stewards of this mystery
Every other industry besides the church has figured diversity out
If it matters to the bottom line, it matters to corporate America
Coca-Cola one of the top diversified companies
As Christ-followers we must be open to change
As Christ-followers we’re all creatives, because we’re connected to the Creator
Diversity matters to Coca-cola, they’re selling soda water, we’re selling LIVING water
It’s not a black church, it’s not a white church, it’s God’s church
I have a heart for [diversity], will you help me?
Where is your heart as it relates to diversity?
Cell phone test: if your contacts look like you, you need to change
Until you begin to have dialogue about race, you’ll never understand how to best represent the King
Do the Great Commission
As you are going about your business, make disciples of all nations, do it now, do it all the time
We’ve omitted the ‘all nations’
How can we expect to take the Gospel all around the world if we can’t take the Gospel down the street?
The local church is the hope of the world, and the future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders
We must be willing to do something about it
If you don’t like church diversity, you’re not going to like heaven
Church diversity isn’t just about the color of the skin
It’s about the wages of sin
The wages of sin for those who don’t know Jesus who don’t look like us is death
God has called everyone to do something about diversity
It’s time for a little heaven on earth