The Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, released a new book, Develop Intercultural Competence: How to Lead Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Churches,
by HiRho Y. Park. This book identifies best practices and offers practical tips and case studies for leading diverse and vital congregations.
The book shows readers how to navigate the growing complexities of race, ethnicity, culture and religion and find appropriate and effective ways to make disciples of Jesus Christ in cross-cultural and cross-racial contexts. Park offers innovative, evidence-based guidance to help leaders foster culturally intelligent faith communities and shows them how to drive innovation and champion a culture of call.
“Being a worldwide church means that United Methodists affirm our unity in Christ regarding missional and structural accountability, responsibility and interdependence for the transformation of the world,” said Park in the book’s introduction. “Being a worldwide church is a prophetic declaration that United Methodists resist racism, sexism and classism within institutional ideologies. But this also means that The UMC must be aware and attuned to the richness and challenges posed by cross-racial and cross-cultural contexts.”
Develop Intercultural Competence: How to Lead Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Churches
is available at Cokesbury.com and Amazon.com.
Selection six is entitled: "Reflections of Racial-Ethnic Clergy Serving in Caucasian-Majority Churches." My sermon that I preached at MoKwon University in South Korean and comments by Dr. Awilda Hamilton are located on pages 153 - 161. Our church staff will be reading and reflecting on this book during the months of October and November.
Dr. Kevin M. James, Sr.
Senior Pastor at Palm Coast United Methodist Church