Intercultural Ministries


The Office of Intercultural Ministries engages the church in its vision to become truly intercultural and to practice cultural humility as we seek to better appreciate, reflect and engage in the communities around us. In collaboration with the Presbyterian Intercultural Network, this office inspires congregations and mid councils to develop strategies and coordinate efforts for intercultural ministries. By doing so, we assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in its efforts to become God’s beloved community, building multiracial, multilingual and intercultural communities of faith and empowering congregations and mid councils to value, appreciate and celebrate all of God’s children, from every race and culture.

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)

 

Intercultural Leadership Training and/or Individual Consultations

If you are seeking support or additional resources for intercultural ministries in your congregation or governing body, consultants may be available on a per diem basis.

What we do

  1. Providing leadership in developing strategies and programs and coordinating efforts for intercultural church growth and membership development.
  2. Advocating for the promotion of spiritual development and empowerment with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  3. Initiating and supporting the development of national and regional intercultural networks.
  4. Identifying and providing resources that are meaningful to the growing diversity in the church.
  5. Providing diversity leadership training for both clergy and laity.
  6. Supporting the development of community building models that are culturally sensitive and respective for the historic ministries of the denomination’s intercultural churches.
  7. Providing consultative services to and in partnership with governing bodies, seminaries and regional intercultural networks.
  8. Providing support and consultative services to and in partnership with national and international ecumenical intercultural networks.
  9. Developing ways to empower interracial and cross-cultural families, adoptee and adoptive parents.
  10. Working with other Presbyterian entities and advocacy groups to ensure that the PC(USA) has an inclusive strategy for racial and cultural diversity representations.

Resources

Gender and Leadership in the PC(USA)

The Gender and Leadership in the PC(USA) report is part of a larger research project assessing the status of women at all levels of the church and conducted in two main research areas: theological and sociological. This study is the sociological portion of the research, and contains two nearly-identical surveys: one representative sample of Presbyterians (Presbyterian Panel)… Read more »
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