Integrating Diversity and Theology In Leadership
6-months, Limited to 12 people
$160 / Month or $900
Broadening the scope of your place of influence beyond diversity takes deep and long work. Want to elevate minorities and women? Do you have a desire to open up space for underrepresented voices and you don’t know where to start? This cohort is for you. You won’t have to do it alone!
Session 1 – Theology of Culture and Context
By the end of these six sessions described below, you will hold a comprehensive plan for going beyond diversity to exact change in your organization. Session one establishes the foundation of identifying the culture where you live and where you are placed in the world. We will 1) Curate meaning about what culture is from biblical interpretations; 2) Create S.M.A.R.T. goals for listening well in your context for discerning the reality of your subculture; and 3) Identify the subculture of your context and who is in it.
Session 2 – Theology of Representation
If Jesus prayed that we be one for all the world to see he was sent by God, discerning our contextual divisions requires discerning work. This session focuses on three things: 1) laying a foundation on the theology of the imago dei found in the first chapter of Genesis; 2) Pinpoint how the Word becoming flesh plays out in the practice of diverse representation in every level of your organization and 3) Work through the process of incrementally implementing representation.
Session 3 – Theology of Prayer
Now that you know who exists in your context, we can intelligently pray for them. Building up people comes by building on prayer. Unique issues affect the lives of minorities and women that unless spiritually discerned, go unnoticed. This session establishes a theology of prayer from the perspective of biblical prophets and helps prevent prescriptive solutions for the people of your organization.
This session offers specified guides in 1) Prayer for minorities and marginalized people in your organization; 2) Prayer for majority culture in your organization; and 3) Corporate prayer for your organization.
Session 4 – Systems and Structures
As you identify the culture of your community and who is present within that culture, session four walks you through the process of identifying systems and structures that constrict participation from marginalized people.
We will explore questions like: What systems exist within and without your organization that impede a holistic participation from the voiceless? What historical and contemporary structures affect the full presence of people of color in your sphere of influence?
Session 5 – Cultural Intelligence Quotient CQ
Book: Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ To Engage Our Multicultural World - David Livermore
David Livermore expresses cultural intelligence as a way to move beyond political correctness “so that we might better express love cross-culturally.”
Session five centers on the four factors of cultural intelligence: 1) Knowledge CQ 2) Interpretive CQ 3) Behavioral CQ; and 4) Perseverance CQ.
Session 6 - Assessment and Next Steps
Session six exists to answer questions of tension, resistance and even acceptance of new ideas. I will help you develop comprehensive plans for conversation, implementation, and evaluation of ideas and goals from the previous five sessions. How do you respond when leadership resists the idea of women in certain roles? What practical steps can be taken when Black and Brown people are unwelcome at the table of decision? Walking away with a penciled plan for moving beyond diversity is the goal of session six.
Jurrita lives to maximize awareness and dignity for those who live on the margins.
After almost two decades in education, church leadership and community awareness, she longs to assist churches and organizations in widening their gaze in who they see and how they serve within and beyond their walls.
A Tuscaloosa, Alabama native, Jurrita lives in Dallas, Texas as a Master of Theology student at Dallas Theological Seminary. At DTS, she served as the first woman and the second African-American, student body president (2017–2018) in the ninety-four year history of the school. Under her leadership the predominantly white and mostly male seminary experienced significant progress and shift in its cultural engagement, systems evaluation and leadership in cultural intelligence for admission processes and recruitment. Her innovative ideas of implementing cultural conversations and curating student chapels significantly raised awareness of exclusion for students and faculty as well as ignited continued action for curricular changes to embrace the inclusion of marginalized voices.
As the first youth pastor at her former church, Jurrita developed a philosophy of youth ministry, and discipled families in their walk with God. Under her leadership, families and their children received theologically sound teaching and appropriate tools for the study of scripture. The ministry grew from 34 children and youth to 173 in five years.
Jurrita’s love for language drew her into graduating with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Tennessee State University before obtaining a masters in Elementary Education from Auburn University-Montgomery.
Jurrita now works as an associate director for the Center for Missional Outreach in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this position she supports local churches and community partners with strategic and intentional training for social justice in the areas of missions, education, race and gender.
Who is this for?
Any person with a strong desire to see justice enacted, systems changed, and looking for step-by-step application to make a difference.
Any leader, influencer, pastor, church staffer, business manager, organizational leader, or business professional with a heart to identify systems and structures that restrict women and minorities from fully flourishing in your organization.
What do I get?
What do I invest?
$160/ month or $900 one-time payment. (USD)
Participation on live video calls for at least 5 of 6 months
Engagement in ‘Slack’ online community, sharing questions, ideas, and goals
Read books or articles Jurrita recommends for the sessions