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Creative Ideas for Cross-cultural Ministry
Is your church interested in starting a cross-cultural ministry, but isn't sure how to begin? You've come to the right place!
Here we share tips on how to reach out in friendship evangelism to a local ethnic group which doesn't yet have a church;
...activities to get your church involved and build bridges with your ethnic neighbors;
...how befriending international students can bless their lives and your life too;
...words to "All the Nations," a great mission song which your congregation will love to sing;
...how to use ESL classes as an outreach tool;
...where to find Bibles, videos and evangelical tracts in hundreds of languages!
...why your church may want to consider receiving a foreign missionary to work alongside your pastoral staff;
...different methods of building consensus in cross-cultural settings;
...practical ways to address important racial reconciliation issues;
...articles on overcoming our fears, working through cultural differences, celebrating diversity in the church, and developing eyes to see the opportunties for ministry all around us;
...the challenge of ministering to international seamen if you live in a port city;
...reach out to your neighbors with Christmas greetings in 75 languages;
...discussion questions to help hone your vision;
... and how to network with churches, agencies and individuals in your area, following the local network model Ethnic Harvest originally developed in the Northwest.
Check out these links to other online resources and ideas to help you share the Gospel with people from many different cultures:
Ethnic America Network is a 'catalytic coalition of Christian ministries and churches from across the USA and Canada.' The Ethnic America Networks holds a major national ethnic summit in a different city each year, bringing together representatives from many evangelical denominations and agencies to share ideas and resources for sharing Christ and promoting reconciliation and unity among diverse people groups in America.
Blessing the Nations Among Us, offered by Mission America Coalition, is a practical guide to research, personal outreach and church planting among the 'diaspora peoples' God has brought to live, study and work in your city. Mission America Coalition is the US expression of the International Lausanne Movement.
Church of the Nazarene has a web site dedicated to cross-culture outreach.
The ABCs of Evangelism from Here's Life Australia is a guide to cross-cultural evangelism, which is simple, practical and filled with grace.
Campus Crusade has a site where you can view the Jesus Film free online, in hundreds of languages. The Jesus film is based on the gospel of Luke and is a great outreach tool or gift for a new believer.
Photo by Archie Hamilton. Used with permission. © General Board of Global Ministries. The United Methodist Church.
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Mission and Vision of Ethnic Harvest
Creative Ministry Ideas
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