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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.
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  • Title: Ministering in Multiethnic Contexts Bundle
  • Instructor: Soong-Chan Rah
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 2
  • Video Hours: 9
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MI211 Ministry in Multiethnic Contexts

  • Instructor: Soong-Chan Rah
  • Video Hours: 5

Ministry in Multiethnic Contexts (MI211) addresses the challenges of cross-cultural ministry in both theological and practical ways. As demographics in America change, Christianity in America changes. This course prepares American Christians to understand and serve cultures who have historically been excluded, bringing healing to the divisions that history has seen.

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion you should be able to:
  • Summarize demographic changes to both global and American Christianity
  • Explain how the church is held captive by cultural social structures and how this captivity impacts cross-cultural ministry
  • Discuss the need for a theology of culture
  • Describe how a biblical view of the image of God should be forming our response to people who are different than us
  • Reflect on the actions of past cultures that determine our actions today
  • Explain the need for lamenting historical pain and suffering
  • Develop a cultural intuition for other cultures, moving beyond knowledge into building empathy


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: The Changing Face of Christianity
  • Global Changes in World Christianity
  • Trends and Projections of Global Christianity
  • Changes in American Christianity
  • Examining the Decline of Christianity in America
  • Examining the Role of Ethnic Diversity on Church Growth
Unit 2: Social Realities in American Christianity
  • Cultural Captivity
  • Captivity to Racism
  • The Diversity Disconnect
  • How Segregation Is Perpetuated within the Church
  • The Formation of Social Structures
Unit 3: A Theology of Culture
  • The Need for a Theology of Culture
  • The Creation of “The Other”
  • Images of Multiculturalism in America
  • Made in the Image of Our Creator God
  • Made in the Image of Our Relational God
  • Division, Not Difference: The Curse of the Tower of Babel
  • Unifying the Divided
Unit 4: Living as People of God
  • The Relationship between Gospel and Culture
  • The View from Many Angles
  • The Culture of 1 Peter 2: The Choice to Stay or Run
  • Living as Aliens and Strangers
  • Responding to Change and Fear: Jeremiah’s Encouragement
  • The Risks of Engaging in Culture: Jeremiah’s Warnings
  • The American City: Jerusalem or Babylon?
  • The Influence of Cultural Lenses on Theological Views
  • Privileged Praise and Marginalized Lament
  • The Need for Mourning Historical Injustice
  • Empowering the Silenced Voices
Unit 5: Developing Cultural Competency
  • Primary and Secondary Culture
  • The Intersection of Primary and Secondary Culture
  • Aspects of Cultural Competency: Individual or Group Orientation; Direct or Indirect Communication
  • Aspects of Cultural Competency: Equality or Hierarchy; Task or Relationship Orientation
  • Aspects of Cultural Competency: Guilt or Shame
  • Building Cultural Intuition
  • The Role of Social Capital
  • Social Capital across Cultures
Unit 6: Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Do I Involve My Congregation?
  • Why Not Leave the Past in the Past?
  • What Should Multicultural Ministry Look like in Environments with Less Diversity?
  • How Does Your Personal Story Intersect with the Content of This Course?
  • What Are the Successful Models of Multiethnic Ministry?
  • Why Must We Create a Culture of Prayer around a Multiethnic Ministry?
  • Concluding the Course

MI212 Church Planting in Multiethnic Contexts

  • Instructor: Soong-Chan Rah
  • Video Hours: 4

Church Planting in Multiethnic Contexts (MI212) ventures into uncharted territory for many in the majority culture. Building on an analysis of how the American church became segregated, this course takes an insightful look at the intersection of culture, church planting, and church growth, and discusses the impact of both our theological and cultural views in creating an environment where diversity is welcome.

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion you should be able to:
  • Explain how diversity is the work of God
  • Discuss the parallels between the church of Acts and the church of today in responding to diversity
  • Identify the historical practices encouraged during the Church Growth Movement that led to higher levels of segregation in the church
  • Describe the role of culture in the historical growth of Christianity
  • Evaluate the opportunity for church growth by embracing both primary and secondary culture
  • Describe how the immigrant church in America creates a safe place where essential, identity-forming needs are met
  • Summarize the impact of our theological views on our view of multiculturalism within the church
  • Develop an awareness and sensitivity to diversity in the church and the impact on a multiethnic church plant
  • Describe the importance of healthy and purposeful leadership in planting a multiethnic church


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: The Social Realities of Planting a Multiethnic Church
  • The Hermeneutical Circle of Multicultural Ministry
  • Shaping the Social Reality of a New Church Plant
  • Responding to Diversity: The Model of the Acts 15 Church
  • Diversity as the Work of God
Unit 2: Examining Segregation in the Church Growth Movement
  • The Impact of Donald McGavran and Social Science on Church Growth
  • When Principles of Overseas Missions Are Applied to American Churches
  • Two Branches of the Church Growth Movement
  • Key Principles of the Church Growth Movement
  • A Retrospective on the Church Growth Movement
  • Segregation in the Church
Unit 3: Culture and Church Growth
  • An Introduction to Primary and Secondary Culture
  • Comparing and Contrasting Primary and Secondary Culture
  • The Intersection of Primary and Secondary Culture and Its Relation to Church Growth
  • The Acts 2 Model of Church Growth
  • The Relationship between Church Growth and Self-Sacrificial Living
  • The Growth of the Immigrant Church in America
  • The Role of Language and Culture in Korean Church Growth
  • The Role of Community in Korean Church Growth in America
  • The Role of Social Status in Korean Church Growth in America
  • The Role of Social Services in Korean Church Growth in America
Unit 4: The Impact of Our Theological Views
  • Ecclesiology: Understanding the Church
  • Cultural Captivity and Dysfunctional Ecclesiologies
  • The Evolution of Worship
  • The Influence of Western Culture on Models of Evangelism
  • The Influence of Cultural Lenses on Our Christology
Unit 5: Developing Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity
  • Degrees of Formality in Multiethnic Church Plants
  • Developing Cultural Competency
  • Understanding Social Capital
Unit 6: Planning and Problem Solving in a Multiethnic Church Plant
  • The Concept of Systems Thinking
  • The Consequences of Simplistic Problem Solving
  • The Unintended Negative Consequences of Linear Thinking
  • The Cat and the Toaster: An Illustration of Systems Thinking
Unit 7: The Importance of Healthy and Purposeful Leadership
  • The Influence of Leadership on Shaping a Church Plant
  • The Need for Leadership to Reflect the Image of God
  • Healthy Leadership: Where the Pastor Leads, the Church Will Follow
  • Planning the Identity of a Church Plant
  • The Purpose and Impact of Defining Values in a Church Plant
Unit 8: Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Do We Shift from Linear to Systems Thinking?
  • How Do We Develop Culturally Competent Leaders?
  • How Does Your Personal Story Intersect with Church Planting?
  • What Encouragement Would You Offer for Planters of Multiethnic Churches?
  • Concluding the Course

About the Instructor

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.


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