Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Fong Video: Cultural Differences – Stewardship

Pastor Fong tells a story in which a decision about cleaning the church’s carpets surfaced different cultural values. Even seemingly unimportant decisions are arrived at on the basis of deeply held beliefs. Fong shows how their conversation about theology and values helped them gain better an understanding of their own frameworks while they also identified relevant theological issues. → On pp 190-192 Branson describes Habermas’ theory of communicative competence. Use this framework to discuss the video. On pp 198-206 Branson discusses the social dynamics involved in intercultural communication. By being aware of intercultural dynamics, Pastor Fong was able to draw the people to the theological heart of the matter. This is the 5th clip in the Fong interview.

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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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