Who would have thought that years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., that a multiethnic conference would be coming to town? Or that a university who at one point was only racially diverse because of eight bold and courageous African American students would have a number of students helping in the conference?
Well, on April 16 and 17 all of this will be a reality. Kainos: A New Normal is a multiethnic equipping conference—the first of its kind in the city of Memphis.
“The purpose of the Kainos 2014 is to gather leaders who either seek to start multiethnic ministries or churches or who aspire to transition their current homogenous ministries into a multiethnic trajectory,” according to Kainos’s mission statement.
“It's a great opportunity to take my serving outside of my campus body, and serve my diverse body of brothers and sisters,” Kelsie Carter, a junior journalism major, said.
Of the 300,000 worshipping communities, 7.5 percent are multiethnic and 2.5 percent of all Christian churches are multiethnic.
“To bring people from around the country to Memphis, Tenn., at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated, and do a multiethnic equipping conference is the ultimate act of redemption,” Woodard said.
Woodard said they are expecting over 2,000 people Wednesday night at the Cannon Center, and several hundred throughout the day. The headliners for the night include world class speakers Dr. Jhon Piper and Dr. Tony Evans.
For more information, go to www.kainos.is