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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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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: 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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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.