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Doug Logan: Why True Racial Reconciliation Has to Start With Jesus

Doug Logan

Dr. Doug Logan, Jr. planted and pastored Epiphany Fellowship Church in Camden, N.J. After transitioning the church to the next generation of leadership, Doug was appointed by the Acts 29 network to serve as the director of the Diversity Initiative. He has trained pastors around the world on urban ministry and church planting and is the author of “On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement.” Doug is the founder and president of Grimké Seminary, which trains pastors and planters who are characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional engagement. Doug and his wife, Angel, have been married since 1996 and have three adult sons and three grandchildren.

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Other Podcasts in the Race and the Church Series

John Onwuchekwa: Why ‘Racial Solidarity’ Is a Better Term Than ‘Racial Reconciliation’

Raymond Chang: Global Christian Persecution Can Help You Understand Racism in America

Dennae Pierre: This One Thing Is Essential to Effective Racial Healing

Key Questions for Dr. Doug Logan, Jr.

-What insights do you have about how Christ followers can move toward true racial reconciliation?

-What practical steps can pastors and ministry leaders take toward effective racial reconciliation in their communities? 

-What are some of the greatest obstacles you see in the United States, particularly in the American church, when it comes to overcoming racial divides? 

-What are your thoughts on how denominations can best approach issues surrounding race?

Key Quotes from Dr. Doug Logan, Jr.

“I like to frame up the conversation about racial reconciliation with just reconciliation because that’s what we’ve been given.”

“Reconciliation can only happen because God does it.” 

“A cosmic fall requires a cosmic answer. And so reconciliation is so big and we talk about it as if biblical reconciliation is like Dr. Phil to help us become better friends. No, God’s reconciliation is going to fix the world!”

“Conciliation comes after the confrontation…Those confrontations that create the conversation often create the reconciliation that we already have [in Jesus] that we now begin to live out.” 

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye