Category Archives: Multicultural congregations

Intercultural Ministry: Some Biblical passages for group reflection and discussion


God’s heart for all people and nations directs the church to minister to people of all cultures Read and listen to the Word:   Gen 12:1-3;  Rev. 7:9-10 I listen and hear the Word:   I listen to your understanding of … Continue reading

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Leadership in a multicultural congregation: Rev. R. Potgieter


Rev. Rene Potgieter from delivered a paper on leadership in multicultural congregations at a conference on multicultural congregations in the Cape Provinces earlier this year. What follows is a shortened version of her paper. A typical definition of leadership suggests leaders … Continue reading

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Guidelines from social science theory and research in being and becoming community: Prof. C. Groenewald and Dr. F. Kotze


During a conference on multicultural congregations in South Africa, Prof. Groenewald and Dr. Kotze highlighted the importance to manage power issues in intercultural ministries. Here is a summary of their paper. Prof. Groenewald and Dr. Kotze emhasised the importance to … Continue reading

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The challenge of liturgy in multicultural congregations


The liturgy which is followed during multicultural services of worship or other gatherings of multicultural fellowship, can make or break the intercultural ministry. Continues prayerful discussions, planning and monitoring of liturgy should therefore be high on the agenda of multicultural … Continue reading

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The use of language and habits to facilitate intercultural ministries in a congregation


Words are not neutral or convey only information. Words and language have creative power. Words influence people. It can harm people or build them up (Eph.4:29) and can change their attitude and behaviour. Words inform and “perform” when they are … Continue reading

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Language in intercultural worship


THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWN LANGUAGES IN INTERCULURAL WORSHIP Hardly anybody will disagree that meaningful worship depends to a large extend upon the use of known languages in intercultural services of worship. Leaders and policymakers of intercultural services of worship will … Continue reading

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Five types of multicultural churches by Dr Bob Whitesel


I came across this summary of multi-cultural churches by Dr. Bob Whitesel and decided to post it since it adds to the summary of different models for multicultural churches which I posted some time ago. I got this article at: … Continue reading

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