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Mobile Ed: MI211 Ministry in Multiethnic Contexts (5 hour course)

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Ministry in Multiethnic Contexts 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

Course Outline


  • 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

Product Details

  • Title: MI211 Ministry in Multiethnic Contexts
  • 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: 1
  • Video Hours: 5
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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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