Churches, Cultures & Leadership

 

Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change

Part III is about the praxis of leadership, focusing on the skills and capacities for communication and leading change in intercultural settings.

Doi Video: Inclusion, Exclusion, Power

Pastor Doi connects how Epic church cares about inclusion, rooted in Jesus stories. The church attends to how matters of power and inclusion affect church conversation patterns, meals, and worship. → On p 140, Martínez writes about the importance of … Read the Post

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Doi Video: Location, Diversity, and Meals

Pastor Kevin Doi talks about Epic Church’s pilgrimage from being planted by a Japanese American church to recent years as they settled into a location in Fullerton, California and became engaged in the diversity of that context. This also raised … Read the Post

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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. … Read the Post

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Buchanan Video: Conflicts Regarding Diversity

Rev. Buchanan notes the challenges that can surface within an ethnic group when they differ concerning the pursuit of intercultural life. → On p 220, Branson writes about relational leadership and the need to be aware of and takes steps … Read the Post

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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 … Read the Post

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Buchanan Video: Music & Film as Indigenous

Churches in transition need to attend to their local neighborhoods. Rev. Buchanan describes the creation of diversity on boards and for worship leadership. This Los Angeles church was located in the midst of film and music industries, so members and … Read the Post

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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 … Read the Post

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Manning Video: Bonding with Humor, Serving, & a Birthday Party

In our conversation about the transition to being a multicultural church, Pastor Manning talked about humorous conversations and poignant gatherings.

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Online: Resources for Multicultural Ministries

The New Culture From the website: “Our website…has become one of the most visited sites on the internet for Christians seeking Bible-based resources on multi-ethnic topics. It is packed full of free resources and links to over 600 books, articles, … Read the Post

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Manning Video: Living with Differences

I interviewed Pastor Kerwin Manning concerning the challenges that Pasadena Church encounters because of cultural diversity.

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Site Overview

Introduction

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.

Resources

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