Develop Intercultural Competence: How to Lead Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Churches

Develop Intercultural Competence: How to Lead Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Churches

by HiRho Y. Park


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Author HiRho Y. Park’s latest work identifies best practices and offers practical tips and case studies for leading diverse and vital congregations. The book shows readers how to navigate the growing complexities of race, ethnicity, culture, and religion and find appropriate and effective ways to make disciples of Jesus Christ in their context. Park offers innovative, evidence-based guidance to help leaders foster culturally intelligent faith communities and coaches them so they can drive innovation and champion a culture of call in their local communities.

“Being a worldwide church means that United Methodists affirm our unity in Christ regarding missional and structural accountability, responsibility, and interdependence for the transformation of the world…Being a worldwide church is a prophetic declaration that United Methodists resist racism, sexism, and classism within institutional ideologies. But this also means that The UMC must be aware and attuned to the richness and challenges posed by cross-racial and cross-cultural contexts.” from the Introduction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945935336
Publisher: United Methodist General Board of Higher
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

HiRho Y. Park, PhD, is Executive Director of Clergy Lifelong Learning and UMC Cyber Campus, Division of Ordained Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church.

Table of Contents


1. The Practice of Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Ministry

2. Leadership Theories in Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Contexts

3. Being a Faith Community

4. Creating Vital Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Congregations: Preaching, Worship, Music, and Liturgy

5. The Art of Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Leadership

6. Reflections of Racial-Ethnic Clergy Serving in Caucasian-Majority Churches


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