NYI Talk: Talking About Race

Where do we begin when talking about race? How can pastors and churches navigate among the many voices already present in society? Stretch Dean, Eastern Field Youth Coordinator and Lead Pastor at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, speaks honestly about the role the church should play in larger conversations around race.

Spend some time reflecting on the questions below as an individual, or as a team, in light of your ministry context. Want to share your thoughts with the larger NYI community? Use #NYITalk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to start the conversation.


  1. How does the unique origin of the name “Nazarene” influence the identity of your ministry?
  2. How can you better recognize the value of diversity in the youth ministry you lead?
  3. What can you do to build bridges of racial reconciliation in your context?