Transforming Neighborhoods, Racial Conciliation, and Diversity and Inclusion with Dr. John Wallace
Dr. John Wallace is a kid from Homewood, the pastor at Bible Center Church, a professor and provost at the University of Pittsburgh, a husband, and a father of four. His mission is to help God’s kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven, particularly in the realm of community development and interracial relationships.
Today, John tells his story. He talks about how he got to where he is today, and he discusses the Lord’s Prayer, asking what it looks like to have the kingdom of God on earth. He talks about the importance of the youth and shares what motivates us to act. We discuss the fact that the process of becoming a leader is gradual, and he distinguishes between quitting and pivoting. John explains why dismissing slavery as a thing of the past doesn’t work, and he notes the difference between conciliation and reconciliation. We discuss what it means to have a kingdom worldview and how to be part of the solution. He explains why it’s not fair to ask black people to educate you, and he emphasizes the power of hope.
“Until we’re able and willing to have serious conversations about our past, I think the likelihood that we’ll have ‘racial reconciliation’ is gonna be challenging.”
– Dr. John Wallace
“So much of what we do, if I’m honest, is seeing myself as a 5-year-old, 6-year-old, 8-year-old, 10-year-old–and doing for others what I wish had been done for me.”
– Dr. John Wallace
Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
● The leadership process is gradual
● You need to know when to pivot, but don’t quit
● Conciliation is not reconciliation
● Why dismissing slavery as a thing of the past doesn’t cut it
● What it means to have a kingdom worldview
● How to be part of the solution
● The power of being willing to be uncomfortable
● The power of hope
● Find us on your paying app @bcpth
● The Bible
● The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
● The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney
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