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Churches, Cultures and Leadership


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Table of Contents

List of Bible Studies

List of Personal Reflections/Group Exercises

List of Figures and Tables


Part I: Theology and Context
1 Practical Theology and Multicultural Initiatives
2 Missional Ecclesiology and Church Context
3 Sociocultural Structures, Ethnicity and Churches

Part II: Sociocultural Perspectives
4 Worldviews, Reality and Assumptions
5 Language , Gestures and Power
6 Defining Social Relations
7 Self-Perception and Individuality
8 Perception and Thinking

Part III: Leadership, Communication and Change
9 Intercultural Communication
10 Leading Change
11 Practices for the Calling

Appendix: Theological Resources
Annotated Bibliography
Name and Subject Index
Scripture Index

About the Author

Mark Lau Branson (M.A., Claremont School of Theology; Ed.D., University of San Francisco) is the Homer L. Goddard Associate Professor of the Ministry of the Laity at Fuller Theological Seminary where he teaches courses on congregational leadership and community engagement. His most recent book is Memories, Hopes and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change. Juan F. Martinez (M.Div., Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary; Th.M. and Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate dean of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community and associate professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. His most recent book is Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States.


"As the American population continues to ring itself around metropolitan areas--with all of their growing diversity--, this book could become a welcome and most useful church resource, for many years to come."--George B. Thompson, Jr., Congregations, Volume 2 2011
"This particular book is loaded with integrated wisdom and insight regarding dealing and understanding race, cultures, and intercultural relations within the body of Chris. This book is a must read by anyone engaging in a multicultural setting."--Joy St. Fort, Africanus Journal, April 2013

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