Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Haah Video: Describing New City Church

This is the first video in a series from Pastor Kevin Haah from New City Church in Los Angeles. Pastor Haah and a core team were led by God to plant a church in the socially diverse context of downtown Los Angeles. Participants come from various ethnic groups from upscale lofts and skid row. The original leadership team and the current congregation exhibit that diversity. → Branson and Martínez urge all faith communities to engage in multicultural initiatives. This includes attending to our neighborhoods and networks (pp 74-76). But, how do churches discern ways of doing this? Branson suggests that a helpful starting point is with numerous biblical narratives and metaphors (pp  38-9), which can help shape the imagination and courage of participants.  There are Bible studies included in each chapter, and an additional study on Luke 4 is included in a post. Also, chapters 10 and 11 have many stories, steps, and experiments.

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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.


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