Episode 003: Bishop T.D. Jakes with Bill Hybels and Heather Larson

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At the 2016 Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels' interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes included keen insights on the challenges of racial reconciliation. In this episode of the GLS Podcast, Executive Pastor Heather Larson interviews Bill Hybels about how he is working to build a multicultural community at Willow Creek Community Church.

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Bishop T.D. Jakes
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Bill Hybels
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Heather Larson
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Jared C. Wilkins
Podcast Host
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SUMMARY:

At the 2016 Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels' interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes included keen insights on the challenges of racial reconciliation. In this episode of the GLS Podcast, Executive Pastor Heather Larson interviews Bill Hybels about how he is working to build a multicultural community at Willow Creek Community Church.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • The racial unrest we are experiencing in the United States is like a physical fever. We have left people behind who refuse to be ignored.
  • Jesus’ temple cleansing had racial implications.
  • When Bill teaches on this topic, he says, “Let’s be the first person who reaches a hand across a divide.”
  • Willow Creek is seeking to demonstrate greater diversity on stage, on staff and in power structures.
  • In leadership development, you need to get diverse people into your “pipeline.”
  • Senior leaders must ask, “Am I going to use my platform to advocate for this issue?”
  • You don’t show full appreciation for another culture until you eat their food and sing their songs.
  • Racial reconciliation is a journey.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. Think about the racial make-up of your team. Which phrase below would best describe you?
    • Our team is not racially diverse, and I haven’t done much to address it.
    • Our team is not as racially diverse as I would like, and I’m struggling to know how address it.
    • Our team is not as racially diverse as I would like, but we are moving in the right direction.
    • I feel good about how our team represents racial diversity.
    • Other: ___________________
  2. What barriers would you face if you were to “be the first person to reach your hand across that divide” and work to address increased diversity on your team?
  3. Identify three tangible ways in which you could overcome those barriers, either using your platform or your position, to bring racial reconciliation to your circle of influence.

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Mark 11:15-17
Hebrews 13:17
1 Corinthians 12:27

Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson

African American History Month

Windmill Cookies

Willow Creek Community Church, Mosaic Ministry


RELATED LINKS:

The Potters House

The T.D. Jakes Show

Willow Creek Community Church

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