Brian Steward & Rachel Wilson - November 8, 2019

#10 - No One Left Unchanged: Multicultural Ministries ft. Brian Stewart and Rachel Wilson

BCMB Pastor to Pastor Podcast

...the gospel has to be as true for someone in a different culture and a different life situation, it has to be as powerful for them, as it is for me - even though we have different backgrounds. - Rachel Wilson The Spring Institute describes the differences between these terms: Multicultural refers to a society that contains several cultural or ethnic groups.  People live alongside one another, but each cultural group does not necessarily have engaging interactions with each other.  For example, in a multicultural neighborhood people may frequent ethnic grocery stores and restaurants without really interacting with their neighbors from other countries. Cross-cultural deals with the comparison of different cultures.  In cross-cultural communication, differences are understood and acknowledged, and can bring about individual change, but not collective transformations. In cross-cultural societies, one culture is often considered “the norm” and all other cultures are compared or contrasted to the dominant culture. Intercultural describes communities in which there is a deep understanding and respect for all cultures. Intercultural communication focuses on the mutual exchange of ideas and cultural norms and the development of deep relationships. In an intercultural society, no one is left unchanged because everyone learns from one another and grows together. How is your church reaching into the community around and within itself? Do you do multicultural ministry or intercultural ministry? How can you be more effective and engaging within your unique setting and demographic? In this episode, Rob Thiessen discusses how 2 of our BCMB churches are handling intercultural ministry, with guests: Brian Stewart (The Life Centre) and Rachel Wilson (Church on Five) Topics discussed: What does multicultural/intercultural mean? Examples/ways to increase your church's diversity and reach Benefits of intentional intercultural ministry Challenges to multicultural leadership Importance of being intentional Show Notes (books mentioned in the episode): John Ortberg: I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real About Getting Close Erin Meyer: The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Barrier of Global Business

From Podcast: "BCMB Pastor to Pastor Podcast"

As a pastor or ministry leader, you have a high calling. And yet, the expectations of your role and the unique challenges you face in ministry can wear you down and wipe you out. How can you lead effectively and courageously to carry out what God has called you to do? Let’s chat, pastor to pastor. Join Conference Minister, Rob Thiessen, as he explores the unique challenges of ministry with local pastors, scholars, experts, and other special guests from within the Mennonite Brethren community. Brought to you by the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (BCMB), the Pastor to Pastor Podcast will explore how to maintain healthy boundaries, how to dig into conflict and uncomfortable moments in ministry, and grapple with other issues in our world today. The local church has been entrusted with the good news of Jesus Christ, so let’s encourage and equip one another to be faithful and effective in our leadership.

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