Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Fong Video: Latino Neighbor Becomes Key Staff Person

As the church became willing to engage with the neighborhood and crosscultural experiments, Fong explains that Steve, a Latino neighbor, visited and left then returned and left…. Today, Steve is a crucial part of the church and its mission. Fong says that Steve’s presence helped the church develop a theology of desperation, “When we aren’t torn asunder when someone different from us leaves, it’s because we are not desperate enough for what they bring.” → Branson and Martinez explain that crosscultural experimentation takes shape in different ways depending on context. On pp. 39-42 they suggest that experimenting is messy, and that it is appropriate to perceive intercultural life as ongoing rhythm of praxis-theory-praxis. In chapters 10 & 11 the authors suggest specific practices and leadership priorities for the call of intercultural life. Use this video to discuss how unpredictable circumstances shaped opportunities for church activities that could not have been part of strategic planning. Discuss what you have seen that was unpredictable and outside of plans but still created an important way for a church to participate in God’s initiatives. (This is the 4th 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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