How to become a multicultural church / Douglas J. Brouwer.

By: Brouwer, Douglas J [author.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017Description: xi, 177 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780802873934 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0802873936 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Church | Church and minorities | Cultural fusion | Church attendance | Communities -- Religious aspects -- ChristianityDDC classification: 250.8 LOC classification: BV600.3 | .B75 2017
Contents:
Foreword / Wesley Granberg-Michaelson --Rediscover the meaning of home -- Reconsider the church's name -- Learn to lead (differently) -- Be theologically generous -- Seek to understand as well as to be understood -- Learn the language -- Move beyond cultural stereotypes -- Consider what the flag might mean -- It's not the music (or the worship style) -- It's the meal (where strangers become friends) -- Afterword / Richard A Davis.
Summary: Many churches aspire to be more culturally diverse-but they find that they have no idea how to approach that goal practically. This book addresses that problem with ten ways churches can truly engage and welcome other cultures. In 2014 Douglas Brouwer, a seasoned American pastor, took on the unique challenge of serving a multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural church in one of Europe's largest cities. In this book Brouwer distills the lessons he has learned from that experience into timely wisdom on issues every multicultural church faces, including language barriers, theological differences, and cultural stereotypes. Honestly recounting his own questions and challenges in multicultural ministry, Brouwer shows how churches everywhere can adjust their attitudes and practices to embrace racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.
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Foreword / Wesley Granberg-Michaelson --Rediscover the meaning of home -- Reconsider the church's name -- Learn to lead (differently) -- Be theologically generous -- Seek to understand as well as to be understood -- Learn the language -- Move beyond cultural stereotypes -- Consider what the flag might mean -- It's not the music (or the worship style) -- It's the meal (where strangers become friends) -- Afterword / Richard A Davis.

Many churches aspire to be more culturally diverse-but they find that they have no idea how to approach that goal practically. This book addresses that problem with ten ways churches can truly engage and welcome other cultures. In 2014 Douglas Brouwer, a seasoned American pastor, took on the unique challenge of serving a multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural church in one of Europe's largest cities. In this book Brouwer distills the lessons he has learned from that experience into timely wisdom on issues every multicultural church faces, including language barriers, theological differences, and cultural stereotypes. Honestly recounting his own questions and challenges in multicultural ministry, Brouwer shows how churches everywhere can adjust their attitudes and practices to embrace racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

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