Cross Cultural Ministries
Building multiracial, multilingual and multicultural communities of faith
Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:29)
While the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues to be largely European American, the newest growth in the church is among immigrants and in some racial ethnic congregations. Thus the newest “mission field” for us in the church is to engage in “mission in reverse” by consulting with European American congregations and mid councils in order to assist them in their efforts to become more diverse as they seek to better reflect the communities that surround them.
In Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women, our newest initiative — Cross Cultural Ministries — is intentionally designed and staffed to do just that. Under the leadership of Sterling Morse, the office acts as a resource to congregations and mid councils and works with the Presbyterian Mission Agency offices and other groups to provide leadership in developing strategies and ministries and in coordinating efforts for cross cultural ministry. By doing so, we assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in its efforts to become God’s beloved community — building multiracial, multilingual and multicultural communities of faith and empowering congregations and mid councils as they seek to claim, celebrate and appreciate all of God’s children of every race and culture.
How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity. (Psalm 133:1)
Meet the Rev. Dr. Sterling Morse
As coordinator for Cross Cultural Ministries, Sterling’s work includes:
the promotion of ministries and programs at all levels of the church that assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in growing its racial and cultural diversity deep and wide
doing “reverse evangelism” — to promote and assist culturally specific congregations, primarily predominantly European American, to engage in strategies and initiatives to grow diversity within, and in new opportunities for mission in the community and the world
working with mid councils and other PC(USA) agencies and groups to train and equip leaders to meet the challenges of doing cross cultural ministries.
Watch an introduction to Cross Cultural Ministries
This video serves as a brief introduction to one of Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries/PW’s newest initiatives, Cross Cultural Ministries, in which the church engages in “mission in reverse” by consulting with European-American congregations and Mid Council leadership to assist them in their efforts to become more diverse and cross cultural.
From integration to Cross-Cultural
By Sterling Morse, Coordinator, Cross Cultural Ministries and Congregational Support
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is wonderfully diverse. People from all over the globe, representing many racial groups and cultures, have been drawn to American shores to become active co-participants in the PC(USA)’s missional, pastoral and prophetic witness. Such diversity provides our denomination and particular congregations with grand opportunities for fellowship and mutual service. History informs us that true integration doesn’t happen overnight. Despite the integration of public institutions such as schools and workplaces, our churches’ Sunday worship hour remains the most segregated hour of the week.Continue reading