Here and here I voiced my frustration about “national” church conferences that claim to have the best and brightest pastors and church leaders in the nation, but lack anything even closely related to diversity. No women. No Latino, Asian, African American, or non-white American men are on the lineups of these conferences.
Some people are pissed that I’m pissed. They even go so far as to call me racist for being agitated about it. I know better and I hope you do too. I may stir the pot up a little bit, but I hope that the end result is positive!
About a ten different speakers from these conferences have written me great messages and told me that they would sincerely like to make their speaker lineup more diverse, but that they simply don’t know any successful church planters or innovative church leaders of color or the female gender. That is a problem in and of itself, but I think we can make a difference.
Yesterday my good buddy Gary Lamb put the ball back in my court and challenged me to assemble a list. I can think of hundreds off the top of my head, but I want us to do this together! On Friday I will be compiling this list into one power-packed blog post so that these pastors and conference makers can never again say “I don’t know anybody!”
Here’s what I want you to provide:
The name of the pastor
The name of the church
Race or Nationality
A few things you know about this pastor and/or church
It’s OK if you name a pastor that has already been named, but try to keep the new names and information rolling! One more thing…TD Jakes doesn’t count :-)