About the Adult Ministry Track

It’s easy to see that discriminating against someone else because of the color of their skin is sinful. But what can one single church in one small corner of the State do about the larger picture, beyond being willing to welcome anyone who comes through our doors? How can we help our adults grow in doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God while not getting tangled up in political and cultural fads and the spirit of our age?

Breakout Sessions

Racial Reconciliation with Kelvin Walker
In this breakout, you’ll learn additional understanding regarding racial reconciliation, and will include a time of Q&A with Kelvin on this critical issue that we are facing today.

Beyond Colorblind with Greg Jao
A biblical basis for talking about race, reconciliation, and social righteousness
Few topics in our country are as divisive as race. And our engagement on these topics is often driven more by culture than by the Bible. What if we could build an understanding of race and reconciliation that begins with Genesis 1 and runs through Revelation 22? How could that Scriptural story help us invite, disciple, and deploy people at our church to be ambassadors of reconciliation in a divided age?

Resources for Racial Reconciliation with Greg Jao
Equipping Your Church to Engage Racial Reconciliation and Justice
Most churches want to reflect the diversity of the Body of Christ. Most churches want to reach their increasingly diverse communities effectively. Most churches find it difficult to do either. What practical steps can pastors take to prepare the soil? What tools and practices invite congregants to begin the journey and continue when it becomes difficult? What truths need to be affirmed, lies denounced, and misconceptions clarified?

Speaker Bio

Greg JaoGreg Jao
Senior Assistant to the President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Greg Jao serves InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA as the Senior Assistant to the President and as Director of External Relations.
Greg is the author of Your Mind’s Mission (an Urbana Onward book), The Kingdom of God (a LifeGuide Bible Study), and a contributing author to Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents (a discipleship book for Asian Americans) (all IVP), Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs (Stylus), Telling the Truth (a book on postmodern evangelism published by Zondervan), and Voices of Conflict & Voices of Hope (a two-volume study of American teenagers) (Adama Books). A second-generation Chinese American, he helped develop The Daniel Project, a leadership acceleration program for Asian American InterVarsity staff. He has served on the curricula teams for subsequent Daniel Projects serving African Americans, Latinos, and Fraternity/Sorority ministry staff. He frequently speaks on campus, in churches, and at conferences. Among InterVarsity alumni, Greg is best known as the emcee for the Urbana Student Mission Conferences in 03, 06, 09, and 12.

Prior to his ministry with InterVarsity, Greg worked as an employee benefits attorney in Chicago. Greg is a graduate of The University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1990) and The Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1994).

Greg is married to Jennifer (Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital), and they have two daughters: Madeleine and Kirsten.