Introduction toMissiologyCh. 35 – Strategies forEthnic Ministries
IntroductionThough the North American culture represents a composite of many peoples, many North Americans retain much of ...
Overview of Session Biblical Basis for ethnic ministry Understanding ethnic America The cultures of ethnic America Mis...
Theological/Biblical Basis forReaching Ethnic America   Every ethnic group is included in the mandate    to disciple the ...
Understanding Ethnic America Ethnic ministry often plays off of the  heart language of the group Assimilation    – Absor...
Demographic Sources   U.S.Census                Chamber of Commerce                               statistics   School  ...
Look at Demographics for   Current population        Traffic patterns    by ethnicity              Housing patterns   ...
Focus Your Demographic Study   Age distribution             Education   Language, usage and          Employment    pro...
The Cultures of Ethnic America   Recognize the uniqueness of each    – Approach without judgment, appreciating the      u...
Missiological Issues in ReachingEthnic America   Homogeneous unit principle    – Tension: appreciate uniqueness, but want...
Signs of Multiculturalism   Leadership reflecting several ethnicities   Worship/Preaching/Music that blends several    c...
Keys to Effective Ethnic Planting   Avoid paternalism, rather partnership   Address cultural differences between planter...
Strategies for Ethnic Ministries Follow a formal planting guideline –  carry out the project with as much  excellence as ...
Issues in Cross-cultural Planting   Avoiding extended dependence on the    sponsoring church   Developing indigenous lea...
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Ch.35 strategies for ethnic ministries

  1. 1. Introduction toMissiologyCh. 35 – Strategies forEthnic Ministries
  2. 2. IntroductionThough the North American culture represents a composite of many peoples, many North Americans retain much of what is considered “ethnic” in terms of language, culture, traditions, behavior, and heritage. - Joe Hernandez, NAMB
  3. 3. Overview of Session Biblical Basis for ethnic ministry Understanding ethnic America The cultures of ethnic America Missiological Issues Strategies for ethnic ministries
  4. 4. Theological/Biblical Basis forReaching Ethnic America Every ethnic group is included in the mandate to disciple the nations All cultures are tainted by sin The gospel is effective to save in any culture The presence of God is found in all cultures
  5. 5. Understanding Ethnic America Ethnic ministry often plays off of the heart language of the group Assimilation – Absorbs the ethnic in stages – Introduces ethnic elements into the dominant culture – There is great diversity of language and behavior within an ethnic group Accurate demographics is crucial
  6. 6. Demographic Sources U.S.Census  Chamber of Commerce statistics School  Magazine Marketing Boards/Districts and Research Public Utilities Departments University sociology  Secular Media departments  Internet – Accessing libraries, universities, Lending Institutions etc. for databases Marketing reports  Ethnic Associations and Newspapers media
  7. 7. Look at Demographics for Current population  Traffic patterns by ethnicity  Housing patterns Population growth  Immigration patterns projections  Internal migration Sociocultural patterns composition and  Community profile/ location of needs assessment sociocultural groups
  8. 8. Focus Your Demographic Study Age distribution  Education Language, usage and  Employment proficiencies  Income Birth rates  Urban/rural Country of birth realities Concentration in tracts  Religious heritage Socioeconomic levels  Family size and distribution
  9. 9. The Cultures of Ethnic America Recognize the uniqueness of each – Approach without judgment, appreciating the uniqueness of the whole Study the culture for core values and behaviors – Group or individual oriented (China – US) – Public or private oriented (Italy – Japan) Accuracy of cultural understanding is crucial to effective evangelism
  10. 10. Missiological Issues in ReachingEthnic America Homogeneous unit principle – Tension: appreciate uniqueness, but want to retain the freedom to move beyond their culture Multiculturalism – NA culture is a blend of many cultures which retain some of their distinctives Indigenous issue – leadership from the group Contextualization – permission giving by outside agent is key Sponsorship/partnership – several factors to consider
  11. 11. Signs of Multiculturalism Leadership reflecting several ethnicities Worship/Preaching/Music that blends several cultural elements into a varied but seamless whole Leadership style and governance that reflects and accommodates several cultural understandings Primarily implemented at a denominational level
  12. 12. Keys to Effective Ethnic Planting Avoid paternalism, rather partnership Address cultural differences between planter and mentor Obtain facilities based on fit and location, not solely on convenience and economics Financing a plant require dealing with the tension between full funding and total self-support Communications become problematic when crossing cultural boundaries Form/style issues are exacerbated by different cultural understandings
  13. 13. Strategies for Ethnic Ministries Follow a formal planting guideline – carry out the project with as much excellence as if it were a same-culture plant Address the special issues that come up in a cross-cultural plant
  14. 14. Issues in Cross-cultural Planting Avoiding extended dependence on the sponsoring church Developing indigenous leaders from the new church Encouraging connectedness with the denomination and the particular network of churches addressing that ethnic group Developing stewardship for the world community, and especially of that ethnicity

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