Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Buchanan Video: Training Deacons

In a church that was changing from being dominantly Euro American to being about half African American, the move toward integrated leadership was critical. Rev. Buchanan focuses on training deacons for cross-cultural ministry. → This story is on p 145. Participants can discuss effective training they have received, or times when they wish they had been better prepared.

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