Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Fong Video: Transition Beyond Asian American

After participating in the vision of an Asian American church for an extended period of time, Ken Fong sensed the Spirit calling him in a new direction. The senior pastor noted that they voiced two different directions – so they clarified their visions and members chose. Pastor Fong led his congregation in prioritizing a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-socio-economic community. → Pastor Fong notes that the second chapter of Ephesians was key to his understanding and leadership (see the study on pp 102-103) and that this was a new understanding beyond his earlier framework of the Homogeneous Unit Principal (“HUP” – see p 17). Discuss any experiences you have had with a church deciding on major new initiatives or with church pastors shaping choices for members regarding a new “hive” or church plant. (This is the third video with Pastor Ken Fong.)

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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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