If churches want to realize Dr. King's dream, they must first embrace a dream of racial justice and equality . . . must become places that all racial groups can call their own, where all racial groups have the power to influence the major decisions of the church, where the culture and experiences of all racial groups are not just tolerated, but appreciated. — Korie L. Edwards, in The Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches
Speak with your minister and the membership committee or other appropriate group about observations and insights that arose from the road map exercise. Are there groups within your congregation who seem to have a fast track to power? Are there groups who routinely encounter obstacles? Work together with your congregation's leadership to consider what changes the congregation could make to its formal and informal routes to leadership in order to invite different kinds of people to be congregational leaders.