Leadership Blind Spots: Ethnic Minorities
The problem with blind spots is that we are blind to them! At this year's Local Leaders’ Conferences we spent a little time considering a potential blind spot as churches: minority cultures.
In Galatians 2:11-21, Paul records how he had to confront Peter and Barnabas for not acting in line with the gospel in the way they were behaving towards Gentile believers. Paul calls it a 'hypocrisy' (2:13) which has led others astray. It was a blind spot that needed to be exposed.
God forbid we should do likewise.
We used this video to introduce a potential blind spot with help from Inonge Siluka, a member at Greenview Church in Glasgow, and a regular blogger and speaker. She helped us think about minority cultures and how we serve one another well in church life.
Please watch the video with your leadership team – you’ll find some discussion questions below which we used to help us think and pray through this issue.
- Why is it important that we consider our potential blind spots?
- What would you say are the majority and minority cultures in your church?
- What kinds of ways might we (even inadvertently) display partiality?
- How do we guard against flattening diversity within diversity?
- What strategies can we implement to avoid tokenism of the sort that Inonge describes?
- How might you implement intentional prayer about this subject into church life and into leadership meetings?
Please pray together about this issue.