A Handbook For Cross-cultural Ministry

A Handbook of Cross-Cultural Ministry, by Philip Hughes and Sharon Bond

ISBN: 0-85910-990-9.

From the very beginning of the church, cross-cultural ministry has been part of its charter. With the great flow of people into Australia from all over the world - every second person in Australia is either a first- or second-generation immigrant - the challenge of ministering cross-culturally is on the doorsteps of many Australian congregations.

A Handbook for Cross-Cultural Ministry explores how to raise awareness of cross-cultural ministry. It examines how people from different cultural backgrounds may be fully included in church life, appreciate that cultural diversity can enrich the whole community. It suggests how support may be given to faith communities of people from different cultural backgrounds.

Far from taking a 'one size fits all' approach, A Handbook for Cross-Cultural Ministry describes the emergence of several patterns, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. The book reflects on the current status of cross-cultural ministry within our churches and the role of such ministry in the context of the changing nature of Australian society.

This book shares ideas and stories that emerge from a survey of more than 300 local church leaders and interviews with ministry coordinators in eight denominations. Each section contains questions to facilitate discussion about cross-cultural ministry by church leadership teams. We believe this book will inspire churches to think through the potential for cross-cultural ministry and provide leaders with some ideas, practical possibilities and insights.

The book was written by Philip Hughes and Sharon Bond, and commissioned by the Victorian Council of Churches.

Price: $10.00

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