Queens Baptist Church Men's Fellowship Symposium
"Saving Our Children: Saving Our Communities"
The Rev. Thomas Babu , The Rev. Kino Vitet and The Rev. Stephan McKinney
The Rev. Thomas Babu's
The Rev. Kino Vitet's
The Rev. Stephan McKinney's Presentation
“Jesus talked to the people in their own dialect, in terms that they can understand”, said The Rev. Stephan McKinney, starting his presentation. He said that Jesus did not find his disciples in the elites of society but among common folks so we should not look past anyone.
He said that the number one issue facing our young men is the prison system , a profit making industry , created to have them as repeat offenders. He said that life after prison is severely limited…no vote, no public assistance, no student loan. It’s the church’s duty to prevent this from happening.
Rev. McKinney came down hard on ‘church folks’. He said they are generally the last to recognize societal problems and ask if anyone is prepared to do the dirty work…to go into the ditch. He said that most church folks are prone to “shoot the wounded”, and the churches wait for people to come in instead of us going out to meet them as Jesus did.
He suggested that the church build relationships with people before introduce them to Jesus Christ as this can be a negative. Ones life in Christ can tell its own story.
He urged the Church to invest in rehabilitation…find partners, seek help from groups or organization that are equipped to do so since most churches are not so equipped .
In closing he said that we should remember that whatever we do we must remember that we are the church, act so that the community shows respect and become part of the church’s ministry.
Tell them, “God loves you”