Becoming an Ethnically Diverse Church 2018 (Steve Davis & Lindsay Jones)

GL18 Becoming an ethnically diverse church Steve Davis

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 parts of the 2011 book Churches, Cultures & Leadership – a practical theology of congregations and ethnicities by Mark Lau Branson & Juan F Martinez. Other content will be introduced as well. Content includes Bible studies, personal reflection, movies to watch.

There is a closed Facebook group for engagement with others working through this option.

There are four group sessions, held at the Baptist Resource Centre (473 Great South Road, Penrose, Auckland), and those outside of Auckland are required to skype in to these group sessions:

  1. Thursday 1 March 2018, 10am-11.30am
  2. Thursday 19 April 2018, 10am-11.30am
  3. Thursday 21 June 2018, 10am-11.30am
  4. Thursday 23 August 2018, 10am-11.30am
 

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 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 4 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 Guided Learning option over the eight months 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. We will also have 4 group sessions together - either in person or via skype.

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 facilitators: Steve Davis and Lindsay Jones to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 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

 

Each month read the pages listed below and do as many of the activates listed (from the book) as possible. The first 2 months have more content than the last 6 months.  

 

Mid-February to mid-March

READING 1 (45 pages, 8 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.

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.

 

First Group Session: Thursday 1 March 2018, 10am-11.30am

 

Mid-March to mid-April

READING 2 (55 pages, 10 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.

 

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.

 

Mid-April to mid-May

READING 3 (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.

 

Second Group Session: Thursday 19 April 2018, 10am-11.30am 

Mid-May to mid-June

READING 4 (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.

 

Mid-June to mid-July

READING 5 (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.

 

Third Group Session: Thursday 21 June 2018, 10am-11.30am 

Mid-July to mid-August

READING 6 (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.

 

Mid-August to mid-September

READING 7 (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.

 

Forth and last Group Session: Thursday 23 August 2018, 10am-11.30am 

Mid-September to mid-October

READING 8 (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.

(end 244)

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

 

Please aim for a finish date of 19 October. This is to ensure Guided Learning Options are completed before some learners apply for Baptist Leaders’ Registration 2018.

Supervision/mentoring/spiritual-direction/coaching

There is an assumption that alongside this Guided Learning option you will also be having independant supervision/mentoring/spiritual-direction/coaching, and that you may use insights and reflection from what you are learning in this Guided Learning option into your supervision.

The facilitators of this Guided Learning option; Steve Davis and Lindsay Jones, are available to answer questions, and will run the four Group Sessions. Feel free to email or phone them thoughts or questions at any time through the eight months: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 


Facilitators: Steve Davis and Lindsay Jones

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., one of the facilitators of this Becoming an Ethnically Diverse Church option if you have specific questions about this option.

 

Lindsay Jones 100 

Lindsay Jones is the Multicultural Ministries Consultant for the Northern Baptist Association. He has more than 40 years experiance as a Baptist pastor and consultant, in and with churches in multicultural contexts.

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

 

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' 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 8 February 2018]

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Event Date 12-02-2018
Event End Date 12-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-02-2018
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