Pluralism, Cultural

Becoming A Stronger Credible Witness United Methodist Churches in the Metro District Strategic Engagement with the Growing Diverse People in our Surrounding Communities

Author
Stephanie M Hand
Abstract
These project objectives are to design, implement, and coach a new Multi Cultural Multi Ethnic Cohort to lead five United Methodist churches through a yearlong process of discernment, new learning, strategic visioning, and community engagement. The cohort will address religious culture shifts from majority Anglo to a more ethnically diverse one in the Metro District, Western North Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church. Additionally, the cohort is charged with developing Ministry Action Plans and identifying Adaptive Challenges inside and outside the churches, to engage with and be transformative, credible witnesses to and with Metro's diverse homogenous faith communities.

Intercultural Competency Offering an alternate leadership tool that shifts congregations from a mono-cultural model of church to an adaptive, intercultural congregation that integrates more new people, younger people and more diverse people

Author
Stephen E Handy
Abstract
The author considered whether the people of God could emerge from a historical and homogeneous congregation to become an intercultural congregation. While many tools are emerging to awaken congregations to the reality of gentrifying areas in urban communities, this project includes the impact of the theological and the sociological to develop intercultural competent leaders. Intercultural competency is one of the leadership tools that offer a greater awareness of the contextual and cultural realities of people, practices and behaviors. Intercultural competency can serve as an intervention of hope in the life of the church. Those intercultural and adaptive leaders can become a missional force of Jesus Christ while creating a discipleship path connecting with more people, young people and more diverse people for the sake of the gospel.

Discovering Common Concerns East Shore United Methodist Church Have to Address to Transition into a Vital Multicultural Congregation

Author
Armando C Arellano
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover common concerns that East Shore United Methodist parishioners have to address in order to transition into a vital multicultural congregation. The design of the project included the administration of a survey given to the parishioners of East Shore United Methodist Church who have expressed their concerns as the church transitions into a vital multicultural congregation. The results of this survey revealed that most respondents have expresed their readiness for the East Shore United Methodist Church to transition into a vital multicultural congregation.

Equipping selected members of First Baptist Church of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, with assimilation skills for a multicultural context

Author
Matthew R Curry
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church of Central Florida, Orlando, Flordia, with assimilation skills for a multicultural context. The project director completed the project by meeting three main goals: (1) reserached the fields of member assimilation and multicultural ministry in order to determine skills for a multicultural context; (2) developed a training curriculum in order to equip selected members of First Baptist Church of Central Florida with assimilation skills for a multicultural context; and (3) equipped selected mmebers of First Baptist Church of Central Florida with assimilation skills for a multicultural context. Mutiple evaluation methods and tools including observation instruments, surveys, literary reserach, expert evaluators, and ministerial reflection were used to measure the achievements of the goals. The evaluation methods and tools proved the goals and pupose of the project to be achieved.

Investigating how to minster effectively in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse community

Author
Kay Rodgers
Abstract
God's extravagant hospitality is the theological basis for his research, a congregational study of the United Christian Parish (UCP) in Reston, VA. The paper details successes and struggles during a time of significant change and illustrates challenges facing many churches today. The thoelogical basis of the research is connected with recommendations for churches desiring to expand effective ministry. Recommendations include intentional discernment of God's will, spiritual renewal, increased outward focus, direct active and vibrant presence in the neighborhood, faithful prayer, and aligning God's message to the everyday lives of individuals.

Enhancing the project director's topical preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of multicultural issues at hampton Roads Baptist Church, Hampton, Virginia

Author
Daniel W Pruitt
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's topical preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of multicultural issues at Hampton Roads Baptist Church (HRBC), Hampton, Virginia. Following the ministry skill enhancement model, the project director researched the field of missiology to identify multicultural issues that HRBC must address in its ministry setting. Second, he researched the field of topical preaching to learn how to communicate the multicultural issues at HRBC. Third, he developed a series of sermons to increase congregational awareness of the multicultural issues at HRBC. Finally, he preached the sermon series at HRBC and specific members of the congregation evaluated the effectiveness of his sermons.

Best practices of racially integrated evangelical churches

Author
Dale Reed Harris
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the best practices of evangelical Protestant churches who have intentionally achieved racial integration in their local contexts. The design of the project included the administration of a survey to ministry practitioners working in contexts that had achieved the numerical threshold of multicultural ministry. The results of this survey revealed that most churches who have already become multiracial have taken both intentional and relational steps toward achieving that ideal. Those past successes prove instructive for future churches that want to similarly become multicultural.

Making room: freedom in non-essentials in the multiracial church

Author
Michael Anthony Campbell
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine how congregants in one southern multiracial church utilize adiaphora to foster multiracial inclusion. A qualitative case study with semi-structured interviews was used. The study concluded that using adiaphora is one means of making room in a predominantly homogenous church for diversity.

Cultivating a united, intentionally diverse leadership in the Church

Author
Cheryl Jane Walter
Abstract
The goal of this project is to explore the cultivation of united, intentionally diverse leadership in the church. Such leadership is reflective of the Trinity and expresses the multicultural world in which we live. Without conscious modeling, we tend to miss the rich, disparate understandings diversity offers, straining unity in the Body of Christ. By building relationships through vital conversations shaped by Appreciative Inquiry and Narrative Research, the best of all cultures represented in both the larger community and within the church can reshape leadership formation to reflect God's intended wholeness-God's peace-for creation.

William Seymour: herald of a multiethnic pentecostalism

Author
Gary-Jason Bryant
Abstract
Within these pages the author examines the life and ministry of the Azusa Street Revival's primary leader, William Seymour. Though born into a world that held tightly to race segregation, Seymour's ministry gave a glimpse of heaven where people of "every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" forever worship God together (Revelation 5:9). And though Seymour's childhood included Hoodoo cult influences, he grew into a man who sought only the power and glory of God most high. By placing emphasis on the sociological conditions of Seymour's time and reviewing how this man's early life impacted his ministry training and his eventual leadership of what became a worldwide phenomenon, the author hopes to better understand the role ethnic diversity and culture played in the outpouring at Azusa, seeking to grasp how it impacted the Pentecostal movement and the body of Christ as a whole.
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