Partnerships can transform racial relations, says pastor

Jason Coker

Jason Coker

ATLANTA (BNG, TAB) — Racial reconciliation can occur not only between individuals but also by way of transforming mission partnerships, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship pastor said Thursday at a conference for diverse Baptist groups in Atlanta. Jason Coker, pastor of Wilton Baptist Church, Conn., and Shaw, Miss., native, said in order to be effective in racial reconciliation one has to be “very intentional about talking partnership and partnership transformation.” Coker founded Delta Hands for Hope, a rural poverty initiative in Shaw, and describes it as “a center of transformation” in the community. The key is developing partnerships with those already planted in the community and taking on a “hard-headed insistence” to do good for those in the community despite friction or setbacks.

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