Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Buchanan Video: Friendships

Rev. Buchanan’s stories about cross-cultural friendships indicate how these change the imagination of a church. It is important to notice the human and holy factors that shape such relationships. → On p 63, Branson defines the work of “congregational formation as nurturing the social fabric of the church. →  On pp 56 and 218-220, Branson writes about how a relational leader attends to all the diverse human connections in a church. What experiences shaped cross-cultural relationships in Buchanan’s church? What cross-cultural relationships have you witnessed that reshaped a church’s relational life?

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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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