It’s impossible to minister in Australia without encountering other cultures. The Christian’s primary identity is in Christ, but we each have secondary identities shaping who we are. Whether we are a daughter, a father, Australian, Chinese, Iranian, a student, a city worker, a farmer, or a full-time mum, the question in cross-cultural ministry is, how do issues of identity and culture change the way we do gospel ministry?
And when God’s great vision for the future includes redeemed multiculturalism – people from every nation, tribe, people and language gathered before the throne of God and the Lamb – figuring out how to reach people from different cultural backgrounds and how to be Christ’s church in a culturally diverse context is essential.
This unit particularly focuses on questions of ethnicity and identity and gives students the opportunity to do a placement in a cross-cultural ministry context.
It will be of a great benefit whether you plan to serve in an increasingly multi-cultural city like Melbourne, or among people of a different ethnic or socio-economic background overseas.
|Workload||One semester, 12 credit points|
|Prerequisites||48 Credit points of core foundation units|
Section A: Principles
Section B: Practice
Candidates are for a minimum of 20 hours to:
Discern the challenges with regard to cultural variables, such as leadership patterns and processes, learning style and worship preference. Consider possible strategies for the future ministry of the congregation.