Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Practical theology

Haah Video: Leader as Learner

In the midst of intercultural life, Pastor Kevin Haah admits that he, like anyone, has ethnocentric tendencies that are potentially hurtful to others.  He discusses that through a posture of humility and attentiveness, a leader can learn from mistakes and … Read the Post

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Haah Video: Diversity in Context & Church

Pastor Kevin Haah states, “People are more multiethnic in friendships and the workplace than we think they are.” He specifically points to how we can learn from the multiethnic friendships on Skid Row. Homelessness, a narrative more pervasive than ethnic … Read the Post

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Haah Video: Gospel

Pastor Kevin Haah talks about the importance of a theology of inclusivity. We don’t gather because we are moral – we gather as a church because Jesus Christ welcomes sinners into his grace. For New City Church, multicultural relationships and … Read the Post

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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.


We are assembling resources for pastors, professors, and students -- websites, cinema, documentaries, group exercises, books, and Bible studies.