GCORR Webinar: CR/CC 101 (recorded on March 14, 2018)
With the changing demographics within the United States and also in The United Methodist Church, cross-racial and cross-cultural (CR/CC) ministry is on the rise. So what is CR/CC ministry? According to the Book of Discipline 2016 para.425.4, “CR/CC appointments are made as a creative response to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the church and its leadership. CR/CC appointments are appointments of clergypersons to congregations in which the majority of their constituencies are different from the clergyperson’s own racial/ethnic and cultural background.” Cross-racial and cross-cultural ministry is when a clergyperson is appointed across racial/ethnic and cultural lines, and the pastor works together with the faith community to live out the Good News of Jesus Christ in the way they serve an
d engage in ministry. Thus it is not just the clergy who are engaged in the CR/CC ministry, but the laity also are in CR/CC ministry when they minister together across the racial and cultural boundaries.
As communities are becoming more and more diverse across the US, cross-racial and cross-cultural (CR/CC) ministry has been increasing steadily in the UMC. We will explore what cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry looks like in the UMC and what opportunities for ministry it provides in the church and community. CR/CC 101 is for clergy and laity who are curious about CR/CC ministry and seeking ways to minister across lines of difference with respect to race and culture in order to welcome new members and remain relevant in a changing demographic landscape.