Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Welcome to professors

Among the primary goals for this website is that it serve students by serving professors. We will post numerous resources that can be used in the classroom and in group discussions. The videos let you bring pastors/practitioners into your class. May of the posts will have an arrow (→) that indicates specific page numbers in the book that are topically connected with the post. Sometimes we will provide prompts for discussion. For an orientation to the whole site, see “watch this video” in the paragraph on the homepage titled “An extension of the book.” If you want to make general comments about using the book in a class, reply to this introductory post. Please comment on any posts you use in class — note what happened and make suggestions. Tell us about your course – title, goals, and other texts. If you have syllabi, exercises, or other resources to offer, use the link “Submit a Resource” at the top of the homepage. If there is a video, Bible study, suggested movie, or other post that you want to affirm, just click the “like” button so others are encouraged to evaluate it. We want this site to be a conversation among professors, church leaders, and students.

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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.


We are assembling resources for pastors, professors, and students -- websites, cinema, documentaries, group exercises, books, and Bible studies.