Churches, Cultures & Leadership

 

Leading Change

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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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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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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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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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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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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Manning Video: Cultural Differences – Worship & Clothes

I interviewed Pastor Kerwin Manning (Pasadena Church) about this African American church’s transition toward intercultural worship.

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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.