Minorities

Mission Strategy and Leadership Training A Missiological Study and Action Research for Diaspora Chinese Congregations in Ukraine

Author
Siu Fong Liu
Abstract
This dissertation is to design mission strategies and Leadership Training for the diaspora Chinese congregations in Ukraine. The methodology is action research. Data were collected with the use of participant-observation and in-depth interview. Data were interpreted through two cycles of action research and each cycle included identifying questions, collecting data and taking possible informed action. Through these steps strategies were developed and training program designed to equip the Chinese diaspora congregations in Ukraine. The findings and the leadership-training program for the Chinese congregations in Ukraine can be helpful reference for those engaging in ministry to the diaspora Chinese elsewhere.

Overcoming cultural and systemic barriers: exploring how minority pastors overcome leadership challenges in majority culture congregations

Author
Edward S Koh
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand how minority pastors overcome leadership challenges in majority culture congregations. Exploring this requires an understanding of personal struggles minority pastors encounter due to cultural differences, systemic barriers they encounter because of the pervasive influences of racialization in the American church, and the crucial role of the Caucasian leadership and congregants that impact the ministry of minority pastors in majority culture congregations. This study utilized a qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with six minority pastors in the Presbyterian Church in America. The review of literature and analysis of the six interviews focused on three key areas that provided insights to how minority pastors overcome leadership challenges. The three areas of focus were: minority leadership challenges, organizational culture, and multicultural leadership competencies. This study found that the complexity of racialized patterns in the American church must be addressed in order to effectively overcome personal and systemic leadership challenges and thrive in majority culture congregations. In addition when minority pastors encounter sustained leadership challenges, they can overcome by the means of grace God provides to fulfill his plan.

Increasing the participation of racial minorities in the life of the Moody Church

Author
William Patrick Bertsche
Abstract
Racially diverse churches are increasing in the United States but warrant further research. This project studied the participation in and satisfaction with The Moody Church for the various racial groups in congregation. Based upon the biblical foundation for racially diverse local churches, the goal of the project was to increase the involvement of racial minorities throughout the life of the church--including membership, service, and leadership. The research design included a congregational survey, focus group meetings, and the responses of church leadership. Recommendations and next steps for increasing minority involvement in church life are specified.

The impact of the ethnic minority local church strategy on the Southern New England Conference: an evaluation 1981-1985

Author
Alford W Alphonse
Abstract
The Ethnic Minority Local Church (EMLC) has been an emphasis of the United Methodist Church for two Quadrennia. In the second Quadrennium it received greater support from the Church. Within the Southern New England Conference a strategy was put into place in 1983. This project focuses on that strategy and raises questions about its relevance. To determine the impact of the strategy, visits are made to ethnic centers, a structured interview is held with Bishop George Bashore and questionnaires are sent to district superintendents, pastors and lay persons. The findings confirm the suspicions that the Priority is anything but the priority within the SNEC and that much more than a "strategy" is needed if there is to be some sense of ownership of the Priority within the Conference.
Subscribe to Minorities