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Lead Stories Podcast is the flagship podcast of Lead Stories Media. Co hosts and executive producers Jo Saxton and Stephanie Williams O'Brien tell tales of leadership and life with the aim to encourage, equip and empower. 

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Jul 14, 2016

Racism is a curse, but diversity is a gift.  How can we embrace that gift in the areas of influence that God has given us?


In this episode Jo and Steph discuss how we can seek out and pursue cultural diversity and the richness of perspectives that accompany it as individuals, churches and society as a whole.


First steps to grow in intercultural competence:

1. Seek relationships with people who are different from you.

2. Read, Listen, Learn - grow in knowledge and experience of diversity.

3. Be mentored by people who are different than you and mentor others.


The Underground Network, Tampa, Florida -


Read Listen Learn: Resources on Diversity:

The Global Church Project -

Latasha Morrison - Be the Bridge -

Dr. John Perkins & Christian Community Development Association -

Disunity in Christ by Dr. Christena Cleveland -

The Next Worship by Sandra Van Opstal -

Austin Channing Brown -

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil -


Questions for discussion:

1. Is there cultural diversity in your daily face-to-face relationships? How can you further embrace culturally diverse relationships in your local community?

2. Think about the books you read, the podcasts and music you listen to - are they culturally diverse? How can you seek different cultural perspectives in those areas?

3. Who are the people who are mentoring / influencing you right now and who you are mentoring / influencing? How can you grow in diversity in those areas?


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