1 1 Books Recommended Reading: Multicultural Ministry Here are my recommendations for some of the best books on cross-cultural ministry. An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Marvin Keene Mayers Baker Book House, 1986 This book will prepare you for better personal relationships with people from other cultures. Beginning with a questionnaire to help you identify your own cultural values, the authors identify the six most common areas of cultural conflict and analyze how Christ lived out his values in each area. I found this a very personal and practical book. Read it to enhance your cross-cultural friendships and ministry! The Wolf Shall Dwell With the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community by Eric H. F. Law, Chalice Press, 1993 It takes more than good intentions to create cross-cultural trust and relationship. This book was written by an Asian- American (born in Hong Kong) with practical advice on how to structure meetings to maximize trust and participation. The book is firmly grounded in Scripture and sets forth a powerful application of the cross and resurrection (in what Law calls the Gospel cycle) as it relates to leadership in cross-cultural settings. This wonderful book is a "must read" for everyone who wants to be effective in cross-cultural ministry.
2 2 One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church, by Manuel Ortiz (Intervarsity, 1996) "is an invitation to open the treasure chest of multiethnicity and rejoice." Offering both personal stories and time-tested models, the author urges us not just to put aside our differences but to celebrate them and to embrace them in a way that draws us closer to each other and closer to God. God's Global Mosaic: What We Can Learn from Christians Around the World by Paul Gordon Chandler, John R. W. Stott, Intervarsity Press, 2000 "You will want to read the interesting (sometimes surprising, often moving, many humorous) stories and illustrations in Paul-Gordon Chandler's book, God's Global Mosaic. It is my prayer that you will be blessed, encouraged and challenged as you read about your Christian brothers and sisters in cultures vastly different from your own, and yet all joined together in one family of God!" BILLY GRAHAM The World at Your Door: Reaching International Students in Your Home, Church and School, by Dr. Tom Phillips and Bob Norsworthy with W. Terry Whalin., Bethany House Publishers, 1997 Does your church board question whether local outreach really "counts" as mission? Do you want to ignite church leaders to be more intentional about outreach to internationals in your community? The World at Your Door is a great introductory overview, written by the President of International Students, Inc. Each year more than half a million international students enroll in American universities. These students represent the coming generation of world leaders. Yet few are ever welcomed into an American home, and even fewer ever attend a church. The
3 3 World at Your Door makes ministry to international students understandable and attainable for all Christians. Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development by Bryant L. Myers, Orbis Books, 1999 I first read this book when I was on staff with an international development organization. It revolutionized our thinking, impacted our programs, and even changed the language we used to describe our work! Bryant Meyers writes from his twenty-three years of experience working with the poor as an employee of World Vision. Although the author writes in a context of economic development, the principles of this book apply to every cross-cultural situation. The book is a good introduction to the best Christian and scientific writing about cross-cultural ministry, based on Scriptural principles, and challenges our assumptions as it calls us to truly respect the strength and resourcefulness of the poor. Inclusion: Making Room for Grace by Eric H. F. Law, Chalice Press, 2000 In his new book, Law says inclusion is a discipline of consciously extending the boundaries of our communities to embrace and affirm people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. In this resource for ministers and church leaders, Law provides models, theories, and strategies that are both practical and theologically sound for moving faith communities toward greater inclusion. The Bush Was Blazing but Not Consumed: Developing a Multicultural Community Through Dialogue and Liturgy
4 4 by Eric H. F. Law, Chalice Press, 1996 Lost in America: How You and Your Church Can Impact the World Next Door by Tom Clegg, Warren Bird, Group Publishing, 2001 Lost in America will motivate Christians, individually and in the church, to think and behave as missionaries right here in North America. The authors challenge readers to move from program evangelism to the New Testament pattern of relational evangelism. The book is chock full of interesting graphs and relevant statistics. It is plain to see that the church is losing ground in America, with the conversion rate not even keeping up with the birth rate. This book, calls the church to wake up and change! Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry by Duane Elmer, Intervarsity Press, 1994 Cross-Cultural Conflict is easy-to-read and rich in personal illustrations to help the reader understand options available for resolving cross-cultural differences. The descriptions of how conflicts are resolved in non-western cultures are very helpful. At Amazon.com, a reader reviewer from Malawi, Africa, says of this book: "The authors carefully consider what an American response would be, and also give examples of responses from cultures outside American culture. We are finding the book very useful for both our American missionaries, as well as our African counterparts. Both are coming to new levels understanding one another, as well as working together."
5 5 Where the Nations Meet: The Church in a Multicultural World by Stephen A. Rhodes, Intervarsity Press, 1998 Where the Nations Meet sets forth a biblical, ministry-tested pastoral theology of multiethnic ministry, including how God's creation was always intended to be multicultural, how the church is called to evangelize, serve and include all ethnicities, how the church can bring healing to increasing conflict in a world of so much difference. Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Missions by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Baker Book House, 1999 Planning Strategies for Evangelism, by Edward Dayton, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1990 Planting Churches Cross-Culturally by David Hesselgrave, Baker Book House, 2000 Conflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways and Patterns by David W. Augsberger, Westminster John Knox Press, 1995 Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship Edited by Brian K. Blount and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale Westminster John Knox Press, 2000 Faiths in Conflict: Christian Integrity in a Multicultural World by Vinoth Ramachandra, Intervarsity Press, 2000 Living in Color: Embracing God's Passion for Diversity by Randy Woodley, Chosen Books Pub Co, September 2001 The Multicultural Church: A New Landscape in U.S. Theologies by William Cenkner (Editor), Paulist Press, 1996
6 6 Embracing Difference: Leading Multicultural Congregations by Charles R. Foster, Alban Inst, 1997 Pursuing the Pearl: A Comprehensive Resource for Multi-Asian Ministry by Ken Uyeda Fong, Judson Press, 1999 Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship by Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha, Paul Tokunaga, Greg Jao, Susan Cho Van Riesen, Intervarsity Press, 1998 Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith, Oxford University Press, 2000 Beyond the White Noise: Mission in a Multicultural World by Tom Montgomery-Fate, Chalice Press, 1997 Figuring Foreigners Out: A Practical Guide by Craig Storti, Intercultural Press, 1998 No picture Building Credible Multicultural Teams by Lianne Roembke, William Carey Library Pub, 2000 Multicultural Celebrations: Today's Rules of Etiquette for Life's Special Occasions by Norine Dresser, Three Rivers Press, 1999 And Everyone Shall Praise: Resources for Multicultural Worship by R. Mark Liebenow and Mark Liebenow, United Church Press, 1999
7 7 Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology by Jung Young Lee, Fortress Press, 1995 Church Is in a Stew: Developing Multicongregational Churches by Jerry Appleby and Glen Lewis Van Dyne, Beacon Hill Press, 1990 Many Cultures, One in Christ (Covenant Bible Study) edited by Julie Garber, Brethren Press, 1993 Americanos: Latino Life in the United States/LA Vida Latin En Los Estados Unidos by Edward James Olmos (Editor), Lea Ybarra, Manuel Monterrey, Carlos Fuentes (Introduction), Little Brown & Co, April 1999 Asante, M.K. Afrocentricity. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, Atkinson, D.R., Morten, G., Sue, D.W. Counseling American Minorities. A Cross-Cultural Perspective. (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown, Balds, Wesley D. Heirs of the Same Promise: Using Acts as a Study Cuide for Evangelizing Ethnic America. Arcadia, CA: National Convocation for Evangelizing Ethnic America, Banks, James A. Multiethnic Education: Practices and Promises. IN: The Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Banks, James A. Multiethnic Education: Theory & Practice. Second Edition. Bloomington, IN: The Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Banks, James A., ed. Teaching Ethnic Studies: Concepts and Strategies. Washington, D.C.: National Council for the Social Studies, Banks, William. The Black Church in the U.S. -- Its Origin, Growth, Contribution and Outlook. Chicago, IL. Moody Press, 1972.
8 8 Beaver, Dr. R. Pierce. The Native American Christian Community: A Directory of Indian, Aleut, and Eskimo Churches. MARC (A Division of World Vision, International) Bennett, Lerone, Jr. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. Penguin Books, Bieler, Stacey and Andrews, Dick. China At Your Doorstep: Christian Friendships with Mainland Chinese. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, Blackwell, James. The Black Community. New York: Harper & Row, Blubaugh, J.A. & Pennington, D.L. Crossing differences...interracial communication. Columbus: Charles Merrill, Bochner, S. The Mediating Person: Bridges between Cultures. Cambridge, MA: Schenkman, Bok, Derek. Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the Modern University. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, Buswell, J. Oliver, III. Slauery, Segregation, and Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Cone, James H. A Black Theology of Liberation. New York & Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., DuBose, Francis M. How Churches Grow in an Urban World. Nashville, TN.: Broadman Press, DuBose, W.E. Burghardt. The Souls of Black Folk. Greenwich, CN: Fawcett Publications, Ellis, Carl F. Beyond Liberation. Downers Grove, IL; InterVarsity Press, Ellison, Craig, ed. The Urban Mission. Grand Rapids, MI; Erdmans, Fong, Kenneth Uyeda. Insights for Growing Asian-American Ministries. Rosemead, CA: Evergrowing Publications, 1990.
9 9 Gladwin, John. God's People in God's World: Biblical Motives for Social Involvement. Downers Grove, IL; InterVarsity Press, Haselden, Kyle. The Racial Problem in Christian Perspective. New York: Harper & Row, Mayers, Marvin. Christianity Confronts Culture: A Strategy for Crosscultural Evangelism. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, Perkins, John. Let Justice Roll Down: John Perkins Tells His Own Story. Glendale, Calif.: Regal, Perkins, John. A Quiet Revolution: The Christian Response to Human Need... A Strategy for Today. Waco, TX: Word, Salley, Columbus & Ronald Behn. Your God is Too White. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, Salley, Columbus and Ronald Behm. What Color Is Your God? Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, Stott, John and Coote, Robert T., eds. Gospel and Culture: The Papers of a Consultation on The Gospel And Culture, Convened By The Lausanne Committee's Theology and Education Group. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, Articles Alderfer, C.P., C.J. Alderfer, L. Tucker, and R. Tucker. "Diagnosing Race Relations in Management," Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Banks, James, A. "The Stages of Ethnicity: Implications for Curriculum Reform," in Multiethnic Education: Theory & Practice, Second Edition, Blackard, Tammy. "Campus Ministries Respond to Racism," Christian Teacher (1991): Bochner, S. "The Mediating Man and Cultural Diversity," in Cultural Learning: Concepts, Application and Research, R.S. Brislin, ed. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, Finley, Gordon E. "To Respond or Not to Respond: Reacting to Correspondence as an Arena of Intercultural Relations." International Journal of Intercultural Relations 9 (1985):