Churches, Cultures & Leadership

 

Multiethnic Congregation

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: 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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Books on Forming Multiethnic Congregations

We recommend these books on forming multiethnic congregations. Our friend Craig Hendrickson helped prepare this list. We welcome your comments and recommendations. Anderson, David. Multicultural Ministry. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. Anderson is pastor of a multicultural congregation in Maryland and … 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.