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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Why Churches Should Pursue Diverse Leadership

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Why Churches Should Pursue Diverse Leadership

Many churches claim to want an ethnically diverse congregation. Such talk can seem like lip service, though, if the church’s leadership teams are mono-ethnic. The decisions a church makes when it comes to power and authority say far more than any mission statement could about the value a congregation puts on ethnic diversity.

In this roundtable video, TGC Council members Danny Akin, Darryl Williamson, and Kevin DeYoung discuss why and how churches should actively pursue ethnic diversity in their elder board or leadership teams. Pastors may say “anyone can be an elder here” and sincerely mean it, yet be unaware of invisible barriers keeping ethnic minorities out of church leadership. Akin, DeYoung, and Williamson also talk about ways for churches in very mono-ethnic areas to pursue a kingdom vision of ethnic diversity through missions and church planting.

You can watch a video or listen to their discussion here.


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