Race Relations

Mission

The Race Relation Commission of the PCCNA is established to facilitate the scriptural idea as expressed in Psalms 133:1, "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." This will be accomplished by seeking direction from the Holy Spirit, as He will accommodate us without regard to race, color, national origin or ethnicity. The commission seeks to educate, lament, reconcile, advocate, and repair the body of Christ on issues of color. The commission desires to unite believers by celebrating our diversity and bringing us together into one "new man" in Christ.


Vision

The Race Relation Commission foresees a day when Pentecostal/Charismatic brothers and sisters along with those outside of the faith will not contemplate color, ethnicity, national origin, or gender as a factor for entry into any area of participation in the brotherhood and in fellowship with the body of Christ. We envision the body of Christ working in unity across color lines to advance the kingdom of God. We also envision uniting believers under the banner of true brotherhood and solidarity, to uplift the entire body by celebrating, not tolerating our ethnic background and languages, and seeing unity out of diversity.


Core Values

  • We value the Holy Scriptures, the infallible Word of God.
  • We value the gospel of grace as preached by the Apostle Paul and other men sent to preach the gospel to the world.
  • We value the fact that prayer changes things.
  • We value the equality of all who are in Christ without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, or gender.
  • We value the Holy Spirit and the full exercise of the gifts of the Spirit as He gives to our brothers and sisters, without discrimination.
  • We value supplication, prayer, intercessory and giving of thanks which should be made for all men.
  • We affirm that God in the creation and Christ at the cross equalized all humanity.

Goals

  1. To break down the walls of partitions which divide Christian brothers and sisters and the world, and to foster cross-cultural relationships between the races.
  2. To establish a lasting bond with our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the church, without discrimination.
  3. Develop and maintain an open line of communication among and between churches, via social media, and other means of communication, by creating and showing our agenda to the larger body of Christ; whereby we bring a voice to the issue of racial reconciliation, creating a cultural influence on a national scale and becoming an agent of true change in the lives and hearts of the lost and unchurched.
  4. To educate and train our brothers and sisters to be sensitive to the diverse nature of the body of Christ on the issues of color, and justice for all.
  5. We plan to advocate transparency, collaboration, equality, carefrontation (We care enough to confront each other speaking the truth in love), and reparation (We seek to recognize what things are wrong and make them right).
  6. To encourage pastors and leaders to be intentional in their efforts to bridge the gap between races, and encourage them to model this by their teachings, fellowship, and personal relationships.

Meetings

Due to the urgent nature of the work of this commission, in the first year, the commission will meet monthly (day to be determined). The meetings will occur via teleconference or other electronic medium. After the first year, we will evaluate our progress and determine how often we need to meet.