Black and Latino Startup Churches Work to Stay Afloat During Pandemic

Religion News Service, March 27, 2020.


This article highlights congregations of color that revolutionized urban ministry during the COVID-19 health crisis.


examples for using technology, insights into suffering and words of encouragement, how to survive as a startup church

Recommended Audience

urban clergy, Black pastors, Latino pastor



Practical Applications

  • Develop ideas to use technology for live streaming, chatrooms, and virtual presence to support your community during a pandemic.
  • Learn how churches of color have built community to survive and thrive in challenging situations and environments.

About the Contributor

McKenzie Scott Lewis

A Baptist minister, McKenzie Scott Lewis’ faith experience ranges from Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Charismatic to Baptist. He has taught at IUPUI, served as corporate diversity director at Wellpoint Inc, coordinated diversity and inclusion efforts at Clarian Health Partners and served as CEO and chief cultural strategist for The MSL Group. He brings energy and experience to engage listeners from all walks of life.

A graduate of DePauw University, McKenzie has written extensively in his area of expertise, including the articles “Building Boardroom Trust” from the July 2009 Leadership Ventures Newsletter; “Editorial on Diversity” in the November 2008 Indiana Business Journal (IBJ); “Clarian Health Partners: United We Thrive” in the April 2007 issue of DiversityInc, Magazine; and “Helping Diversity to Grow Up” in New York Voice/Harlem USA October 1997 edition.

Formerly the director of the Center’s Northwest office in Crown Point, McKenzie Scott Lewis is the director of a new Center for Congregations project: Congregations with Communities.

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