DOE1 Conversation

How to Lead the Church in a Multicultural Context

A Journey of Faith and Ministry from Jamaica to New York
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Course Description

Join Dr. David Ramirez in an interview with Bishop Stephen Smith, the Church of God Administrative Bishop in New York State. In this course, you'll discover Bishop Smith's remarkable journey, from his early life in Jamaica to his leadership role in New York. His experiences in the Army, his dedication to youth ministry, and his insights into diverse and pluralistic communities in New York offer valuable lessons and inspiration for learners. It's a compelling story of resilience, faith, and commitment to ministry.

The interview also delves into the challenges and needs of pastoral families, providing essential insights into the roles, responsibilities, and support systems required for pastors and their families. Bishop Smith's perspective on the importance of pastoral development, community support, and practical resources makes this a valuable course for anyone interested in the ministry and the Church of God's work in New York State. Don't miss the opportunity to gain wisdom from Bishop Smith's experiences and leadership in the church.

Course Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: From Fenton Avenue to New York
  • Lesson 2: Bishop Smith's Journey in New York's Mosaic
  • Lesson 3: Bishop Smith's Impact on New York's Churches
  • Lesson 4: Practical Steps for Church Affirmation

Course Lessons

Meet the instructor

Bishop Stephen Smith

Hello, I am Bishop Stephen Smith, a leader in the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) who has dedicated the past eight years of my life to serving as the Administrative Bishop of New York. Born in Jamaica, my journey led me to the United States at the tender age of 16. A significant chapter unfolded in the Bronx, where I had embraced musical talents within the Church of God at Fenton Avenue. After a mere six months on American soil, I had joined the military, serving in Korea, an experience that left an indelible mark on my life. This interview provides us with a unique opportunity to delve deeper into my life and the remarkable ministry leading as the Administrative Bishop of the Church of God in New York.
Patrick Jones - Course author