What IS Multicultural Ministry?
Multicultural ministry is what we are all called to do and be about in our lives as Christ-followers. It is to be the total ministry of local congregations, mission agencies or any organization in the world representing Christ and the kingdom of God.
Perhaps you have heard multicultural ministry narrowly defined as ministry pertaining to ethnic and race relations. We encourage you to stretch your hearts and minds to revisit Jesus words found in Mark 12:28-31 (NRSV):
Jesus asks his followers to love God with all our hearts, minds and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. The first assignment, then, is to ask ourselves: “Who IS my neighbor?”
We hope and pray that this study will challenge you individually, and your group and/or church collectively, to rethink your ministry in light of the biblical mandate of this greatest commandment.
Meet Rev. Dr. Juanita Evans Leonard
Rev. Dr. Juanita E. Leonard is an ordained minister of the Church of God and Professor Emeritus, Anderson University School of Theology. In addition she serves as a consultant for mission organizations – presently serving as Vice Chairperson of Pathways/Africa, a humanitarian organization working with educational and community development needs in Eastern and Southern Africa. She has a M.S. in Social Service from Indiana University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Missiology and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Meet Rev. Dr. Christina T. Accornero
Rev. Dr. Christina T. Accornero is an ordained minister of the Church of God and the Chairperson, Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Southern Wesleyan University, Central, South Carolina. She has an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has taught and held administration responsibilities at Asbury Theological Seminary, Anderson University, Fuller Theological Seminary, University of Illinois, University of California Santa Barbara and University of California Dominguez Hills.