Contact Mark Naylor using the form below for further information. All workshops, seminars and interactive programs are available to our FEBBC/Y churches on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland upon request and dependent upon Mark’s schedule. There is no fee attached to these programs, although there may be some incidental costs.
Intercultural Dynamics in the Church
How is effective church leadership developed in a multi-ethnic context? How can cultural tensions in the church be resolved? What are the dynamics of a multi-ethnic church? What are effective models for multi-ethnic churches?
- Article on Setting an Intercultural Agenda for your Church, from the Northwest publication Being Church: Explorations in Christian Community, edited by Dr Larry Perkins, 2007.
Based on this article and a case study of a successful intercultural church in our Fellowship, a seminar has been prepared to consider how a church can be intentional about becoming sensitive to intercultural issues. While not promoting one model over another, the seminar points out that the cultural tensions and issues facing all multi-ethnic churches are highlighted in this model and provides explanation and analysis of how these issues were overcome to provide healthy multicultural leadership within a congregation that reflects the surrounding community.
- Seminar notes on Missional in a Multi-Ethnic Context: The Need for Positive Partnerships.
- Companion powerpoint for Missional in a Multi-Ethnic Context.
- Intercultural Church Dyanmics handout outlining the content of the seminar.
Resolving Intercultural Conflicts
Gleaned from the experiences of a number of practitioners and the study of intercultural church settings, this workshop on the problem of power distance explores methods of overcoming tensions that can prevent a multi-ethnic church from becoming all that God intends. Read Cross-Cultural Impact articles: Leadership, Mutual Invitation and Language of Respect
Nurturing Intercultural Health in the Church
This workshop introduces the dynamics of intercultural relationships and provides direction to deal effectively with the inevitable tensions. This is a good first step for both churches that are seeking ways to deepen intercultural relationships within the congregation, as well as providing a platform for greater cooperation between mono-ethnic churches that have different cultural orientations. The workshop is offered to church leadership and interested members.
The 4-hour workshop includes interaction between the members of the ethnic groups represented. It is divided into two parts:
- Part 1: Understanding Cultural Dynamics
- Part 2: Discovering your own cultural orientation
- Introduction to the Cultural Orientation Workshop.
Principles for Effective Cross-Cultural Outreach
This workshop explores effective means of cross-cultural outreach. The implications for Gospel communication are explored for a variety of cultural distinctives.
Coaching for those reaching out cross-culturally is also provided. A number of significant steps are required to develop a team which is effective in cross-cultural ministry: clarifying a vision, choosing a team, strategizing for involvement and accountability and receptor sensitivity training. Grassroots evangelistic methods such as Significant Conversations are explored.
Surviving the Culture Clash
Designed to help those planning to live in a cross-cultural setting for the first time. Provides guidance in understanding cultural dynamics along with some tools to handle potential cultural clashes. Describes the symptoms of culture shock with suggestions on how to make adjustments that lead to healthy relationships and a positive experience.
Portfolio of Cross-cultural Experiences
The “Portfolio of Cross Cultural Experiences” is an entry level program of experiences that allows church members of all ages explore diverse aspects of cross-cultural ministry. Many of us are living in multi-ethnic settings without recognizing the significance and depth of the differences. Stepping into the context of other ethnic groups can help develop an appropriate empathy towards other cultures as well as prevent misunderstandings and judgments that cause mistrust and fear. These experiences can also stimulate the desire to be more involved in God’s mission to the world. This guided and reflective approach recognizes the current desire in our churches to provide people with hands-on cross-cultural experiences. The academic demands are minimal with a focus on growing through experience and interaction.
- Download the Portfolio of Cross-Cultural Experiences brochure
This workshop walks the church through the implications of the “missional church” in shaping a church’s vision. This workshop encourages stimulating and thought provoking discussion for those congregations looking to shape their particular identity and vision.
Other Cross-cultural Ministry Lectures / Seminars available to Churches
- Church Planting Cross-culturally
- Cross-cultural Evangelism
- Living in a Pluralist Context
- Intercultural Communication
- Implications of the Missional Church for Cross-cultural Church Planting