A New Role for Women in Southern Baptist Agency
You're the author of an upcoming book on diversity. How well do you think American evangelicalism involves and represents the voices of women and ethnic minorities?
My book is called United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (Moody, 2014). I hope to cast a vision for the beauty of diversity in the church and in all of life. I think we need to continue to grow and learn from the African American community. I do believe that there have been more writers, speakers, pastors, and educators who have been visible and influential over the past few years. I have seen a greater pursuit (and support!) of black voices in the community. I am speaking from a limited view, one of which often resides over the Internet. So when I share this I am thinking of new websites and organizations specifically designed to address the core concerns of the African American community such as the Reformed African American Network or The Front Porch. There are many others, those are two that I am particularly familiar with.
There is still a greater need, in my opinion, for representation of African Americans in leadership. There are many reasons I'm thankful for Fred Luter's presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention, but if I'm honest, one of those reasons is that he is the first African American in such a role for the organization. It's an incredibly historical moment and one that I think we will continue to see in the future.
I've had the real privilege to work with sites and organizations who love, honor, and respect women. There really is no doubt in my mind that there has been a growth over the past few years in the number of women who are sharing through writing, speaking, and leading in their various spheres. I'm excited and thankful to be a part of this time in history in the church. I think there's much more diversity in many areas to come.
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