Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Fong video: First Steps to Being an Asian American Church

Pastor Ken Fong discusses how Evergreen Baptist Church moved from being a Japanese American church to an Asian American church. He tells of how the Japanese Americans displayed an attitude of openness toward the Chinese American newcomers, but real intercultural life would take more intentionality. → In chapter 5, Branson frames various matters of Worldviews, and how subconscious cultural habits and perspectives are at play in intercultural dynamics. Discuss Fong’s comments on the Japanese phrase shikata-ga-nai, and how it contributed to this phase of the church’s life. Discuss your church’s attitude toward outsiders – is it one of resistance, openness, or mutual belonging? (Note: This is the 2nd of the Fong videos.)

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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.


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