Perspectives

Diversity & Inclusion
Strategic Plan Overview

At Vox, we believe that diversity in the church is the heartbeat of heaven. As we mature as a church family, it is our goal to reflect the diversity of our congregation in every aspect of our leadership and ministry. We seek to grow in four specific ways over the next several years.



AWARENESS

Awaken the people of God to the realities of racial and ethnic divisions in our hearts and world to spark a desire to be a part of the healing process.

LEADERSHIP

Raise up leaders that reflect the diversity of our church and equip existing leaders to care for people of color within our church community.

PARTNERSHIPS

Humbly build strong bridges of relationship and trust with a variety of churches, organizations, and neighbors to collectively and consistently meet the need of the community and strengthen already existing structures.

PERSPECTIVES

Regularly gather a diverse group of leaders from our church community who will help implement the action plan and bring a variety of perspectives into the planning and decision-making conversations of our church.

2021 GOALS


AWARENESS

  • Build a research team to outline & present 10 lessons learned from the last 9 years at Vox
  • Outline 2 strategic ways to incorporate the topic of racial reconciliation into the 2021 preaching calendar to grow our church
  • Outline a 2021 prayer strategy for our staff, CGs, and church
  • Build a team to analyze the vetting & selection process used to invite speakers to the pulpit
    • Identify 5 diverse individuals for our elders and executive team to vet and invite in 2021
  • Each campus hosts a 6-8 week Be The Bridge group for church members with 50% of staff participating in a group
  • Outline 5 impactful ways to increase a sense of hospitality at every campus.

LEADERSHIP

  • Integrate a more diverse staff at every level of leadership for our church (Board of Directors, Central Elders, Campus Leadership Teams, Women’s Leadership Council, Campus Pastors & Support Staff)
  • Assign staff members to read one book per year for individual growth in racial reconciliation education
  • Calendar out three opportunities for our church to build relationship outside of their usual circles
  • Introduce 3 songs of different style and/or language to our worship team’s song rotation
  • Introduce the Perspectives Team to our church so that people can direct their questions/thoughts/concerns to this team knowing that they carry a heart for racial reconciliation and serve as advocates and a safe place
  • Host one training for our staff specifically on POC care and create an intentional care plan for POCs within our church community
  • Host (2) Diversity Training days for all Vox staff

PARTNERSHIPS

  • Launch weekly Spanish translation of sermons
  • Central Outreach creates and facilitates outreach training with a focus on sensitivity for all volunteers who serve
  • Analyze church partnerships of all campuses and create action plan with specific areas for growth
  • Create handbook/guide for our entire church with summary of sensitivity training elements to use as an educational tool for our church community
  • Each Campus Outreach Director attends a minimum of 4 neighborhood meetings each year
  • Each campus hosts one multi-church outreach event each year