Here is the article from ByFaith online entitled "The Culturally Intelligent Church," which is based on my research. It is a brief look at a very complex issue involving the interactions between minority pastors and the values, practices, and assumptions of majority culture congregations. The article does not address the complexity of the systemic and structural influences of racialization in the church unique to our multiracial American society. Rather, it suggests a simplistic technical solution in the application of cultural intelligence as the answer to dominant culture assumptions and barriers through which minority pastors in leadership must navigate to survive and thrive.
For a deeper understanding of the problem, I provide below a key conclusion from my dissertation addressing social power. Social power is essential for effective leadership in any organizational culture. In its proper context, my point is that, through the gospel that brings together formerly hostile people groups as one new humanity in Christ (Eph. 2:14-16), minority pastors and Caucasian pastors are equally privileged as His servants. Thus, churches as organizations must work to remove systemic challenges and structural barriers that still - subtly or not - treat them differently. The world should clearly see in the Christian church the amazing gospel power of how people who were hostile - or indifferent to each other - because of racial pride and prejudice genuinely love one another and serve together for the glory of God's Kingdom and the benefit of our cities. The church should be a foretaste of the Eternal City where all things will be made right forever (Rev. 21:1-5). Sadly, we have missed the mark. Our churches are mostly segregated by race and really struggle when given the opportunity to meaningfully work together. My hope and prayer is that we intentionally work towards becoming the church that honors Christ and blesses our cities with an authentic display of the gospel that we cherish and proclaim as the only hope for a world torn apart by hate and pride.
Organizational culture directly affects the survival and the success of minority pastors in majority culture congregations.