Churches, Cultures & Leadership

 

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Fong Video: Latino Neighbor Becomes Key Staff Person

As the church became willing to engage with the neighborhood and crosscultural experiments, Fong explains that Steve, a Latino neighbor, visited and left then returned and left…. Today, Steve is a crucial part of the church and its mission. Fong … Read the Post

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Carson Video: Friendships

Pastor Carson’s church is currently doing the work of building intercultural friendships, even with the challenges of a bi-lingual context. To do this, he stresses the importance of hospitality, time spent together, and the practice of sharing meals.  → On … Read the Post

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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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Doi Video: Power Distance Ratios

Pastor Doi discusses Geert and Gert Jan Hofstede’s work on power distance ratios (see Cultures and Organizations) and how Epic Church has benefited from this framework. → In chapter 5, on page 122, Martínez writes about language and power. → On p … Read the Post

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Doi Video: Preaching, Feelings, Connections

Pastor Doi discusses the role of preaching and relational connections in a diverse context, including the role of emotions in worship. → On p 198 Branson writes about the varied ways cultures deal with emotions. Compare Doi’s comments about emotions … Read the Post

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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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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.