Ben Lindsay

Author, CEO, Speaker, Activist

Ben Lindsay

About

Ben is founder of Power The Fight, launched in 2019, Power the Fight is an award-winning charity which tackles violence affecting young people. PTF creates long-term solutions for sustainable change and acts as a link between the community and policy makers.

One of The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 London’s most influential people for 2018, Ben is an experienced trainer and facilitator with more than 19 years spent working with high risk young people in the field of gangs and serious youth violence.

Ben began his career developing programmes in some of the most challenging estates in London (Brixton, Clapham and Lewisham). In 2003 he became a learning mentor at a primary school in the borough of Lewisham, South East London before joining the Lewisham Youth Offending Service, where he worked in a number of roles, including leading the early intervention team.

While at Lewisham, Ben developed several successful programmes including the ground-breaking knife crime prevention programme Double Edge for offenders of knife crime, which was featured in the ‘Gang and Group Offenders – A Practitioner’s Handbook of Ideas & Interventions’ published by the London Criminal Justice Board.

In 2010 Ben developed the gangs and serious youth violence strategy for Camden Council and then went on to work for the mental health charity MAC-UK leading their mini mac project.

Ben was Chair of the Greenwich Independent Advisory Group until 2016. Between 2016 -2020, Ben was lead pastor at Emmanuel New Cross in South East London. He currently sits on the Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn’s Violence Reduction Unit reference group and on the cross party Youth Violence Commission.

His first book, the No1 Bestseller, We Need To Talk About Race – Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches was released in July 2019 through SPCK Publishing.

Book

It’s time for the church to start talking about race.

From the UK church’s complicity in the transatlantic slave trade to the whitewashing of Christianity throughout history, the church has a lot to answer for when it comes to race relations. Christianity has been dubbed the white man’s religion, and yet the Bible speaks of an impartial God and contains a diverse body of believers.

In this book, Ben Lindsay offers eye-opening insights into the black religious experience, challenging the perceived ‘status quo’ in white majority churches. Filled with personal experience and insightful questions, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of race relations within the UK church and how we can work towards creating a truly inclusive church community.

Available to buy on Amazon
We Need To Talk About Race
We Need To Talk About Race

Book

It’s time for the church to start talking about race.

From the UK church’s complicity in the transatlantic slave trade to the whitewashing of Christianity throughout history, the church has a lot to answer for when it comes to race relations. Christianity has been dubbed the white man’s religion, and yet the Bible speaks of an impartial God and contains a diverse body of believers.

In this book, Ben Lindsay offers eye-opening insights into the black religious experience, challenging the perceived ‘status quo’ in white majority churches. Filled with personal experience and insightful questions, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of race relations within the UK church and how we can work towards creating a truly inclusive church community.

Available to buy on Amazon

Resources

Welcome to We Need to Talk about Race, a four-part home group study series based around Ben Lindsay’s book of the same title. You don’t need to read the book to complete the studies, but doing so will help you get the most from the course.

The studies cover a range of topics from the black experience in churches and wider culture, to the history of racism and the role of slavery, to radical solidarity, social action and the road ahead.

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Features

Articles

Press

Talks

Cultural Sensitivity, Young People and Therapy | TEDxFrensham
– May 2022

We need to talk about race, justice and the Church
– June 2021

COVID 19, Disproportionate BAME Impact and the White Led Church Response
– June 2020

On The Line // We Need to Talk About Race // Ben Lindsay
– June 2020

Bringing down racial and ethnic barriers in our congregations
– May 2020

YC20: Ben Lindsay – Invisible Barriers // Let’s talk about race, O2 Arena
– February 2020

Ben Lindsay, Youth Culture, 02 Arena
– February 2019

Ben Lindsay, St Pauls Cathedral
– October 2019

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Contact

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