A lot has changed since Legacy Collective presented Be The Bridge with a $40,000 grant last year. The Be The Bridge team provided our community with an update, below.
Momentum continues to build here at Be the Bridge, as God stir hearts toward racial reconciliation across the country. We remain committed to our mission to INSPIRE the Church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racial division, to EQUIP bridge-builders toward developing vision, skills, and heart for racial unity, and to PARTNER with existing organizations who share a heart for diversity, racial justice, restoration, and reconciliation.
- We have worked to expand our online presence, especially through our BTB website and our public Facebook page. Through regular posts, we tell the story of what God is doing through bridge-builders across the country, let people know about upcoming events, and share Scripture that helps keep our focus on God.
- Over 500 BTB groups have launched around the country.
- Our BTB learning community on Facebook has grown to over 10,000 members. In this closed group, members are challenged to do the work of reading, watching, and listening to voices of color and of experienced bridge-builders as they share about racial justice issues.
- In December we hosted our first “Foundations” training in Austin for 24 of our leaders, where we learned more about the art of listening and how that can enhance reconciliation efforts.
- In 2016 Tasha spoke at 4 conferences and held 5 launch events at host churches across the country.
- In October, Be the Bridge hosted two events in conjunction with the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta: 1) Our Pastors’ Dinner featured a panel discussion with experts on Race and the Church. Topics included: identifying personal bias, creating safe spaces, embracing discomfort, fostering empathy, and understanding barriers. 2) Our BTB Atlanta Launch Event supported local BTB leaders and inspired attendees to further the work of racial reconciliation in their communities.
- Also in December, we hired our first staff person, Stephanie Nannen, to coordinate our BTB operations.
- We are currently working on creating systems to better track our BTB groups, provide training for leaders, and connect people in the same geographic area.
OUR MAIN FOCUS FOR 2017 WILL BE
- At the IF: Conference the first weekend in February, we will release our brand-new Discussion Cards resource. In 2017, Tasha will be featured again at IF:Lead, Catalyst West, Orange Conference, and Justice Conference
- Within the next month, we hope to go live with a new, updated version of our Group Discussion Guide, as well as an expanded Leader’s Guide. Eventually we would love to create training videos to accompany the Leader’s Guide.
- As BTB continues to get requests for church consulting in the area of racial reconciliation, we are working on the creation of a 3-phase, multi-day presentation and facilitation of interactive learning opportunities that we can offer.
Thank you Legacy Collective for all the support!