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Intercultural Ministries and Support for Congregations of Color


Intercultural Ministries

Intercultural Ministries is a focus of the Office of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries. At Pentecost, God’s Spirit created the intercultural church, leaving cultural and linguistic identities in place and unifying them in the creation of a new, and larger, expression of common humanity.

Biblical Mandate

Our work is driven by mandates from the Word of God. Biblical references for our work are found below.

“Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place…” (Acts 2:1)

“…no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female…” (Galatians 3:28)

“…a house of prayer for all peoples…” (Isaiah 56:7b)

“…a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language…” (Revelation 7:9)

“…all are one in Christ…” (Galatians 3:28)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19)

Becoming an intercultural church means living together with an awareness of each other’s distinctiveness and valuing our differences. We do this by examining ourselves, building relationships, and distributing power fairly.

Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries promotes and encourages the vision of intercultural ministries. Our Office works with congregations and mid councils, the Presbyterian Intercultural Network (PIN), and the Presbyterian Intercultural Young Adult Network (PIYAN) to help develop strategies and coordinate efforts for intercultural ministries in the church. By doing so, the office assists the PC(USA) in its efforts to become God’s intercultural community – facing racism and building multiracial, multilingual and intercultural communities of faith.

We have Presbyterian Mission Agency Offices dedicated to African American Intercultural Congregational Support, Asian Intercultural Congregational Support, Hispanic/Latino-a Intercultural Congregational Support, Korean Intercultural Congregational Support, Middle Eastern Intercultural Ministries, Native American Intercultural Congregational Support.

African Intercultural Ministries

One of the fastest growing groups in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is African immigrants. In response to this rapidly increasing growth, the Office of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries provides support to these active, energetic and thriving African ministries. The active faith of African Presbyterians is demonstrated in their worship, spirituality, education and in their national and international mission and outreach.

In Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, we offer leadership development opportunities for African clergy, elders and leaders, including clergywomen and young adults. Field staff in the office collaborate with mid councils and other offices to resource African worshiping communities.

In African Intercultural ministries, we equip and connect African congregations in the PC(USA) and partner with these congregational ministries toward an intercultural vision

If you have any information on a  new African congregation, Fellowship or a 1001 NWC, please let the office of African Intercultural Ministries know about it by contacting Marissa Shearon at 505-569-5385 OR Princeton Abaraoha at 214-251-9830

You can find a directory of African congregations in the PC(U.S.A.) here.


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