In the Ministering in Multiethnic Contexts bundle Dr. Soong-Chan Rah looks at how the church can reach an increasingly diverse culture. The changing demographics of American society and the growth of global Christianity present both challenges and opportunities for the spread of the gospel. In these courses, Dr. Rah covers how cultures can impact modern-day ministry and vice versa. He discusses the need for the church to develop a theology of culture as it looks to reach multiethnic and multicultural contexts. In Dr. Rah’s words:
We will be examining different principles of how the gospel and culture interact, and by expanding on that, we will be able to discuss what it means for the gospel to speak into different cultural contexts and for the culture to intersect with the gospel message. We also want to make sure that we delve into some of the practicalities of ministry in a multicultural context.
Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Releasing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP, 2009); Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010); and an upcoming commentary on the book of Lamentations, Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times (IVP, 2015). He is also coauthor of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014).
After completing his BA in political science and history/sociology at Columbia University, Dr. Rah earned an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a ThM from Harvard University, and a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is currently in the ThD program at Duke University.
Dr. Rah was the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic church focused on urban ministry and committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context.
Dr. Rah lives in Chicago with his wife, Sue, who teaches special education, and their two children, Annah and Elijah.