Churches, Cultures & Leadership



Luke 4 – Jesus Provokes Ethnocentric Fury

When Jesus engages his hometown of Nazareth, during a sabbath gathering, the narrative reports that these neighbors begin with raves. But when Jesus’ preaching proceeds to Hebrew texts that are less acceptable to them, they become  enraged. Those texts were … Read the Post

Posted in: Bible Studies, Part I: Theology and Context, Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change
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Manning Video: Bonding with Humor, Serving, & a Birthday Party

In our conversation about the transition to being a multicultural church, Pastor Manning talked about humorous conversations and poignant gatherings.

Posted in: Part II: Sociocultural Perspectives, Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change, Videos
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Documentary on Chinese Americans

“Becoming American: The Chinese Experience” A set of 3 videos produced by Bill Moyers —  from the Gold Rush, through exclusion and the changing legal environment, to recent decades of new immigration, these Chinese American stories cover matters that are … Read the Post

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Books on Ethnic Reconciliation and Conflict Mediation

We recommend these books on ethnic reconciliation and conflict mediation. Our friend Craig Hendrickson helped prepare this list. We welcome your comments and recommendations. 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.