Culture is as much a part of our daily lives as the air we breathe. It shapes everything from what we wear to how we think, and yet culture is often an invisible force. Learning how to navigate diverse cultural spaces is a crucial part of doing ministry in the 21st century. Even in congregations where everyone identifies with one particular ethnic community, diverse cultural influences impact our ministry efforts.
Our Connectional Ministries office will be offering a cultural competency workshop for people and churches considering doing cross-cultural ministry work, already doing cross-cultural ministry work, or people who are just curious about the unique challenges of working in an intercultural world on September 22, 2018, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Conference center.
Registration is in-person and limited to 40 people. We recommend SPRC chair people, ministry teams, and pastors and laity already doing cross/multi/inter-cultural ministry or who are interested in considering doing this kind of ministry attend. However, this workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more.
This workshop will include:
- An introduction to the culture and cultural lenses and how these impact ministry
- Intercultural Development – theory and practices and tools – an overview.
- You can register for an assessment and a personalized intercultural development plan as an additional part of this workshop – see below for more information
- How culture impacts conflict, and different ways of approaching intercultural conflict.
- Key considerations for communicating in an intercultural world.
The cost is to register for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment is $18.00. It includes a personalized intercultural development plan and a one on one debriefing with IDI qualified interpreter, Rev. Beth Rambikur. All results are completely confidential. Please contact Beth at if you are interested.