Intercultural Ministry


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I’ve long been an admirer of the work of Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, and among the many things I am in awe of with her is the amount of books she’s authored! Her voice is very influential in both the academy and in the church, and one of her latest projects is an anthology entitled Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World.

It was an honor when she asked some of members of the pastoral team at River City to contribute chapters to the book. Brandon Green, who is one of the pastors here wrote a very moving chapter on the black experience within multicultural churches. Carlos Ruiz, who has since gone on to plant a new church, wrote a very insightful chapter on trauma and ministry.

As for me, I worked with our staff and elder team to write a chapter that acknowledges the inevitable power dynamics that arise when working together across various racial, cultural, gender, and educational divides. The chapter is simply entitled “Just Power,” and I am going to do a blog series based on it over the next week or two, analyzing different components along the way.

For now, I’d encourage you to check out the book (the Amazon link is here). There are a host of amazing authors represented, including: Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Rev. Emily McGinley, Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross, Rev. Dr. Brad R. Braxton, Rev. Christine A. Smith, Angie Hong, Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, Rev. Peter Ahn, Rev. Katie Mulligan, Rev. David Hershey and Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen

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