Churches, Cultures & Leadership

 

Part I: Theology and Context

Part I introduces the frameworks of practical theology and missional ecclesiology and provides an introduction to the work of leadership and to social theory, including matters of social contexts, cultural variables, and ethnic identity.

Carson Video: Learning Spanish and Connecting with Neighbors

Pastor Elwood Carson, of New Life in Christ Church (Los Angeles), shares about how evolving neighborhood demographics prompted him to learn Spanish. Over time, as church members engaged their neighbors, a series of events and experiences led this predominantly African … Read the Post

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Fong Video: Disruptive History – Japanese to Japanese-American

This is the first of a series of clips with Pastor Ken Fong of Evergreen Baptist Church, Los Angeles. The bombing of Pearl Harbor and subsequent relocation of over one hundred thousand people of Japanese descent into internment camps uniquely … Read the Post

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Luke 4 – Jesus Provokes Ethnocentric Fury

When Jesus engages his hometown of Nazareth, during a sabbath gathering, the narrative reports that these neighbors begin with raves. But when Jesus’ preaching proceeds to Hebrew texts that are less acceptable to them, they become  enraged. Those texts were … Read the Post

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New Roxburgh book on God & Neighborhoods

I often work with Al Roxburgh in classes and consulting. His new book Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood is part Bible study, part cultural analysis, and fully about praxis. He addresses what we work on in chapter 2 concerning … Read the Post

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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 in the Community & Changed Perspectives

I interviewed Kerwin Manning about how Pasadena Church is connecting with its own neighborhood. This is one of a series with Pastor Manning, who is leading a traditional African American Church of God congregation toward ethnic diversity.

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Documentary on Chinese Americans

“Becoming American: The Chinese Experience” A set of 3 videos produced by Bill Moyers —  from the Gold Rush, through exclusion and the changing legal environment, to recent decades of new immigration, these Chinese American stories cover matters that are … Read the Post

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Documentaries on Mexican American Migrations

The southwest border of the US is a unique boundary that is full of stories, meanings, challenges, suffering, and hope. These documentaries provide perspectives and insights. (These comments are drawn from their websites.) Calvera Highway, from PBS’ POV series, is … Read the Post

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Books on Ethnic Reconciliation and Conflict Mediation

We recommend these books on ethnic reconciliation and conflict mediation. Our friend Craig Hendrickson helped prepare this list. We welcome your comments and recommendations. Read the Post

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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.