Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Buchanan Video: Changing Church Ethnicity

For almost 15 years, Rev. Mark Buchanan led a church as it grew and changed from a dominantly Euro-American membership to a diversity that was about half African American. This was also a shift it class/economics – as more blue collar families joined. The work of multiethnic boundary crossing is a adaptive challenge. → Branson notes some of these complexities in chapter 10, and focuses on adaptive challenges on pp 222-225. On pp 227-230, he gives practical tips for leaders facilitating this work. Other Buchanan videos get into important details, but in this video he begins to note opportunities, challenges, and his own priorities. Based on this video, what are possible areas of adaptive challenge that Buchanan and his congregation faced?

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By engaging ethnic histories and hearing personal autobiographies we are participating in God's creative work of shaping and reshaping church life and mission.

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Part I: Theology and Context

Using the frameworks of practical theology and missional ecclesiology, we provide an introduction to the work of leadership and to social theory, including matters of social contexts, cultural variables, and ethnic identity.

Part II: Sociocultural Perspectives

Cultural anthropology provides insights into social power and human dynamics that vary among cultures. Topics include worldviews, relationships, identity, language, and perception and thinking.

Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change

We need to develop the skills and capacities for communication and leadership in intercultural settings in order to engage the challenges of church life and mission in multicultural contexts.


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