Becoming an Ethnically Diverse Church (Steve Davis)

Lifelong Learning for Registration Becoming an Ethnically Diverse Church twelve month framework 580v4

Choose this option if you want to be intentional about going on an ethnic journey with your own local congregation. Over the year we work through the 2011 book Churches, Cultures & Leadership – a practical theology of congregations and ethnicities by Mark Lau Branson & Juan F Martinez. Each month there is a Bible study, a personal reflection, and a movie to watch, as well as engagement with a closed Facebook group with others working through this option.

Steve Davis, Team Leader of Baptist Ethnic & Multi-cultural Ministries comments:

As I have grown in this ministry role for our Baptist churches in Auckland and New Zealand, many pastors have expressed a desire for their church to somehow navigate that mission journey to be able to connect with the growing cultural diversity in your communities, and transition more towards a multi-cultural church. In my first three years in this role, I’ve mainly served the ethnic churches and connected them to what we can offer one another in the Baptist movement, and little time has been left over with resourcing the multi-cultural journeys among our kiwi churches.

But after 3 1/2 years of my wife and Co-Pastor Lyn starting a multi-cultural church from a small home group, we now have more of a handle on what it takes to engage one’s community, and to bring kiwi’s along that pathway as well – and yet still have a lot to learn!

With this Lifelong Learning option over the year we will work through a book George Wieland uses in the Mission Track at Carey. With the cohort of pastors who sign up for this option we will use a closed Facebook group to connect with one-another each month as we engage, reflect, and share the journey together.

If you choose this option you are being intentional about going on an multi-cultural journey with your own local congregation. Would you like to work through this with your church leadership team as well? Or one or two people in your church that are keen on your church furthering its multicultural journey? Feel free to do this with others in your church as you do it yourself.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the facilitator: Steve Davis to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

The book:

Mark Lau Branson & Juan F Martinez (2011), Churches, Cultures & Leadership – a practical theology of congregations and ethnicities

Buy online from The Book Depository for approx. $33

http://www.bookdepository.com/Churches-Cultures--Leadership-Mark-Branson-Juan-F-Martinez/9780830839261?ref=grid-view

Each month read the pages listed below and do the activates listed (from the book). At least once every two months meet with your local supervision/mentor/coach and use your reflections from this material as the basis of discussion (see below for more details about coaching/supervision). 

 

FEBRUARY (19 pages, 3 activities)

Introduction (p11)

Bible Study (pg 18) Acts 2 – Pentecost, Language and Cultures

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 24) Writing an Ethnic Autobiography
Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

At the Movies (pg 29) There are ten movies listed that show the complexities of ethnic diversity and cultural encounters. Watch at least one of these during the month – pull your family or some friends together one Saturday night to watch one. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

 

MARCH (26 pages, 5 activities)

Part I: Theology and Context

Ch1: Practical theology and multicultural initiatives (pg 33)

Bible Study (pg 35) Jeremiah 29 – Exiles Seek Shalom

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

Questions for Practical Theology (pg 47) – work through these questions with your own local church context in mind.

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 48) Researching Congregational Cultural History.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

At the Movies (pg 58) There are five movies listed that show the complexities of ethnic diversity and cultural encounters. Watch at least one of these during the month – pull your family or some friends together one Saturday night to watch one. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

Coach/Mentor/Supervisor Engage in conversation with the thoughts you have from the content so far.

 

APRIL (38 pages, 6 activities)

Ch2: Missional Ecclesiology and Church Context (pg 59)

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 64) Personal Mission Experience.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

Bible Study (pg 72) Luke 10.1-11 – Sending Seventy Disciples

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

At the Movies (pg 77) There are two movies listed. While watching one of them be attentive to how both of these movies query what God is doing in the world and how we are supposed to be a part with God in that task. Pull your family or some friends together one Saturday night to watch one. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

 

Ch3: Sociocultural Structures, Ethnicity and Churches (pg 78)

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 84) Personal Traits and Social Influences.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

Bible Study (pg 90) Galatians 3.23-29 – Dealing with our Differences

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

At the Movies (pg 94) There are two movies listed. While watching one of them recognise how our ethnic upbringing shapes our relationships with those who have a different ethnic experience than our own. Pull your family or some friends together one Saturday night to watch one. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

 

MAY (17 pages, 4 activities)

Part II: Sociocultural Perspectives

Ch4: Worldviews, Reality and Assumptions (pg 97)

Bible Study (pg 102) Ephesians – Breaking the Dividing Wall

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 111) Considering Elements of Your Worldview.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

At the Movies (pg 112) Watch one of the three movies listed. Look for preconscious (worldview) beliefs and assumptions behind these narratives. What elements of their worldviews are brought to the surface for reflection and conversation? Pull your family or some friends together one evening to watch together. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

Coach/Mentor/Supervisor Engage in conversation with the thoughts you have from the content so far.

 

JUNE (18 pages, 3 activities)

Ch5: Language, Gestures and Power (pg 114)

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 117) Variations on U.S. English.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

Bible Study (pg 124) Matthew 5.1-12 – Whose blessing do we want?

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

At the Movies (pg 94) There are two movies listed. Watch one and see how it addresses the complexities of language, power and relationships. Pull your family or some friends together one evening to watch it together. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

 

JULY (22 pages, 4 activities)

Ch6: Defining Social Relations (pg 132)

Bible Study (pg 135) Acts 10 – Peter’s slow conversion

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 140) Identifying my privileges.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

At the Movies (pg 153) There are three movies listed. Watch one and see how it portrays social relations within common cultures, in the light of migration. Observe how the trans-national experience changes people, even as they continue to live within their own cultural background. Pull your family or some friends together one evening to watch it together. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

Coach/Mentor/Supervisor Engage in conversation with the thoughts you have from the content so far.

 

AUGUST (16 pages, 3 activities)

Ch7: Self-perception and Individuality (pg 154)

Bible Study (pg 157) 1 Corinthians 12 – Gifts for the body

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 161) Success narrative and the self.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

At the Movies (pg 153) There are three movies listed. Watch one and observe how narratives are shaped by the self-perception of the characters, and how the characters are shaped by individualist or collectivist assumptions. Pull your family or some friends together one evening to watch it together. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

 

SEPTEMBER (19 pages, 4 activities)

Ch8: Perception and Thinking (pg 170)

Bible Study (pg 179) Acts 11.19-26; 13.1-3 – The Church at Antioch

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 183) Cognitive Styles.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

At the Movies (pg 184) There are two movies listed. Watch one and see how it invites the audience to be attentive to differences in perception – the world looks very different depending on the experiences of each protagonist. Pull your family or some friends together one evening to watch it together. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

Coach/Mentor/Supervisor Engage in conversation with the thoughts you have from the content so far.

 

OCTOBER (21 pages, 3 activities)

Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change

Ch9: Intercultural Communication (pg 189)

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 197) Communicative Competence.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

Bible Study (pg 204) Luke 10.25-37 – A Lawyer Questions Jesus

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

At the Movies (pg 153) There are two movies listed. Watch one and observe what disparities are noted in the objective, subjective and social worlds of these narratives – when do preconscious notions come to the surface, and when do they remain buried? Pull your family or some friends together one evening to watch it together. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

 

NOVEMBER (34 pages, 6 activities)

Ch10: Leading Change (pg 210)

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 225) Experiences with Leadership.

Do this on your own – then share it with the group? (closed Facebook group?)

Bible Study (pg 229) Acts 6 – An Experiment in Change.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

At the Movies (pg 231) There are three movies listed. Watch one and observe different phases of leadership and transformation are portrayed in the protagonists. Pull your family or some friends together one evening to watch it together. Start a bit of a discussion with them about what you have been learning.

 

Ch11: Practices for the Calling (pg 232)

Bible Study (pg 234) Revelation 7.9-10 – Walking in the Light of God’s Future.

Do this Bible Study as part of your own personal reflection/devotion/quiet time.

Personal Reflection/Group Exercise (pg 243) Experiments in Intercultural Life.

Do this on your own – then share your thoughts about it on the Facebook group.

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Coach/Mentor/Supervisor Engage in conversation with the thoughts you have from the content so far.

 

Please aim for a finish date of 15 November if possible. This is to ensure Guided Learning Options are completed before some learners apply for Baptist Leaders’ Registration 2018.

Coach/Supervisor

At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would look at the five readings if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

 


Facilitator: Steve Davis

Steve Davis heads up the Ethnic & Multicultural Ministries team for the New Zealand Baptists. He and his wife Lyn have recently returned from 15 years of work in Macau, SAR, China. There they were involved in medical work and also began a thriving international church in their city. 

Steve comes originally from the USA. He has a background in pharmaceutical sales after completing an undergraduate degree in microbiology. He then went on to complete a Masters in Divinity before moving to New Zealand in 1985 to Pastor a Church in Wellington, work as a Chaplain for the Ministry of Eduction and then head to Asia to work with the Hope Medical Team.

Steve and Lyn Co-Pastor at the recently planted Ormiston Community Baptist Church situated in a the vibrant and culturally diverse area of Flat Bush, Auckland.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the facilitator of this Becoming an Ethnically Diverse Church option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of the Carey Centre for Lifelong Learning if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning for Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 15 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-02-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-03-2018
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