Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Fong Video: Meetings, Diverse Voices, & Leadership

Pastor Ken Fong (Evergreen Baptist Church, Los Angeles) talks about church board meetings – and how diversity changes the discussion. He explains how the church’s vision and values have prompted them to seek diverse leadership so that a multitude of voices and perspectives are involved in the decision-making process. For Evergreen LA, this means attention to generational, ethnic, and other social factors. → On p 224, Branson states, “In a multicultural environment a diverse leadership is needed to monitor and guide when adaptive stresses are experienced.” He explains that part of successful cross-cultural communication involves protecting leadership voices from below-those voices not regularly heard. A group exercise could provide time for reflection and discussion about (1) when participants believe their own voices were excluded, (2) what voices are being lost at their own church, and (3) when they experienced the value of diverse voices in a meeting. This is the 7th clip from the Fong interview.

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