It is 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?
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 subject 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.
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|One semester, 12 credit points
|48 Credit points of core foundation subjects
Section A: Principles
Section B: Practice
Students are required to complete a minimum of twenty hours of practical engagement:
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.
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages covered in the syllabus. Students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this intermediate subject including the practical requirements.