Cultivating a community of diversity is hard. It takes specific leadership skills I don’t have enough of yet, and I want to know what those skills are and how to acquire them.
Inviting people into a group where they are the minority (ethnic, gender, age), for example, requires careful attention to the smallest of details in order to minimize the likelihood that the minority group feels singled out and less important than everyone else. Because if that happens, the ship is sunk even before it’s left the harbor.
I think cultivating and leading teams of diverse individuals is quickly becoming an essential skill set for innovative church leadership, and I’m pretty aware that I don’t have that skill set in abundance. How to get it?
Maybe Facebook’s diversity training videos, now public, would be a good place to start?