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Intercultural Ministry

Objective

To start and strengthen an intercultural church reaching souls for Jesus Christ in Metro Denver and beyond.

Background

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,” (Revelation 7:9)

A new vision has emerged for CrossWind’s English congregation which is to establish an intercultural church starting with its current multiracial members. This vision goes counter to what people traditionally believe about churches in America today – that Sunday remains to be the most segregated day of the week. There is a need to remove the predominance of one culture over others in CrossWind’s mission, purpose and identity. This creates a welcoming environment for people of all cultures to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The intercultural ministry will operate under CrossWind church’s overarching vision and mission but because of its distinct needs, it will differ from the Filipino ministry in its immediate goal and strategy.

Intercultural vs Multicultural

In a multicultural group, the focus is on the different cultural backgrounds of the people that were joined together. An intercultural group on the other hand, is formed by people of different cultural backgrounds forged by a common identity with a focus on fulfilling a single mission. “Multicultural” celebrates diversity. “Intercultural” celebrates unity in the midst of diversity.

“Intercultural” Characteristics

  1. Starts with commonality and invites diversity.
  2. Differences are not highlighted but rather diminished in favor of common ground.
  3. Members are driven by mission, not cultural background.
  4. Diversity is a strengthening factor, not a limiting one.
  5. Defined by an identity and purpose that transcend race and culture.

CrossWind’s Intercultural Ministry is birthed with a vision of having an intercultural church composed of members of all races engaged in the purposes of the church. These purposes are authentic community, worship as a lifestyle, spiritual growth, generosity and outreach. The intercultural congregation will be formed starting from our common identity in Christ and higher citizenship in heaven.

Strategy

The goal of the intercultural ministry for the individual is to move everyone through each of the following phases:

  1. Cultural isolation.
  2. Community
  3. Congregation
  4. Commitment
  5. Core

The strategy of CrossWind’s Intercultural Ministry is encapsulated in the acrostic C.R.O.S.S.W.I.N.D. and was formulated to make it 1) visible (can be monitored), 2) measurable (metrics for success can be established) with 3) tangible benefits (growth can be attributable to one or more strategies).

C – Climate of Acceptance (Romans 15:7)

R – Redemptive Preaching (Romans 1:16; James 1:22, Acts 20:27)

O – Organization Kept Simple (Luke 5:37)

S – Spiritual Development Process (Ephesians 4:13-15)

            “Every member becomes a minister”. “Discipleship a core program”.    

S – Servant Leadership (Hebrews 13:7; 1 Corinthians 11:1)

W – Winsome Gospel Presentation (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)

    “Winsome to win some.”

Seeker-sensitive; Simple; Non-confrontational; Relevant

I – Ignite Groups (Acts 5:42) – CrossWind’s “brand” of small groups.

N – Neighborhood Outreach (Acts 1:8)

D – Develop the next generation. (Example: Filipino-American youth as bridge) (1 Timothy 4:12)