What the Church and Pastors Need to Learn from Ferguson

Here is a post I co-wrote with my friend Chris Brooks around the events with Ferguson that I think is just as relevant in the midst of recent events here in Milwaukee. As one person from the community told me last night when we were praying and talking in Sherman Park: “the bridge to the church is broken.” The people of God need to step forward with humility, grace, and truth to build bridges.

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Chris Brooks & Matt EricksonThis blog post is co-authored by Chris Brooks and Matt Erickson. 

As I watched things unfold in Ferguson recently, I felt a surging of different thoughts and feelings within me. There was a mixture of sadness and fear, anger and helplessness, and my mind raced to come to terms with what this means not only for our nation but for the church. I’m a pastor of a multiethnic church in Milwaukee. Our church has been a community that is diverse ethnically, socio-economically, politically, and in other ways. As I sat and watched the events and all that has followed since, I wondered, “what is required of the people of God when such difficult and painful things grip our nation?”

As I have reflected since that painful evening last week, I have reached some preliminary conclusions. Let me suggest the following things we need to do as Christians, and a few…

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