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The Poor Shall Inherit the Boards


Feb 12 2014
Calling for more economic diversity in church leadership.

The Pope's picks show that he wants the voice of the poor represented in the next conclave. Archbishop Chibly Langlois, 55, for example, will be the first-ever cardinal from Haiti. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, echoed this: "The choice of Cardinals of Burkina Faso and Haiti shows concern for people struck by poverty."

Let's take a cue from the pastor friend of mine, the School of Conversion, and the Pope: God forbid our boards become good 'ole boys and girls clubs. Our churches, Christian ministries, and organizations are not to be plutocracies. We are to fight against this form of exclusivity. We should aim for economic as well as ethnic, racial, age, and gender diversity on our ruling boards.

Such diversity better reflects Christ's body and will improve our ability to lead our people. Jesus's brother, James, warns us:

Believers...must not show favoritism. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:1-4).

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