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Many Colors Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church

ISBN-10: 0802450482
ISBN-13: 9780802450487
Edition: 2010
Authors: Soong-Chan Rah
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious landscape. This shift will be no different.Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings. Without guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; its potential impact, transformative.

Hays is Dean of the Divinity School and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of several important studies in the New Testament, including Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul (1989), The Moral Vision of the New Testament (1996), The Faith of Jesus Christ (2nd ed. 2002), and The Conversion of the Imagination (2005).Soong-Chan Rah (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, as well as coauthor of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith and contributing author for Growing Healthy Asian American Churches.In addition to serving as founding senior pastor of the multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He has been an active member of the Boston Ten-Point Coalition (an urban ministry working with at-risk youth) and is a founding member of the Boston Fellowship of Asian-American Ministers. He serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Catalyst Leadership Center. An experienced cross-cultural preacher and conference speaker, Rah has addressed thousands around the country at gathering like the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, 2008 CCDA National Conference, 2010 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) National Preaching Conference and the 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly. He and his wife Sue have two children and live in Chicago.

Introduction
Understanding Culture
What Is Culture?
Understanding Our History
Church and Culture
A Constructive Cultural Paradigm
A Multicultural Worldview
Enhanced Connections
Power Dynamics
Cultural Intelligence in Action
Tell Me a Story
Journeying Together: You've Got to Be There
Embracing the Other: Facets of True Hospitality
The Challenge of Systems Thinking and Organizational Change
A Final Word of Encouragement
Notes
Acknowledgments

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