In Missouri, we are committed to understanding our own biases. Our work in race and culture exists to help us become a place for people from diverse cultures and generations so that, ultimately, we become a Church for all God’s people.
The Conference worked with the General Commission on Race and Religion to develop a customized version of their online implicit bias training for Missouri lay and clergy. The FREE course is now available to all clergy and lay leaders of the Missouri Annual Conference. Conference leaders will encourage leaders to voluntarily take the course before it is a requirement for you to learn about the unconscious bias we all experience. By July 1, 2024, we hope to have every leader serving at the district and Conference level trained with this module. Since January 1, 2021, all candidates entering into ministry in Missouri have been required to take the implicit bias course as part of their complete file. That practice will continue.
Clergy members are encourages to share this FREE course with church staff as part of their continuing education. Missouri Conference leadership is committed to learning more about race and culture. The Board of Ordained Ministry, together with the Mission Council, wants to equip Conference leaders and local churches for multicultural leadership, cross-cultural connection and healing justice. This course is one tool for that purpose.