As the church continues to hear and heed Christ's call to reflect the multi-ethnic character of his people, pastors and lay leaders need to gain skills and competencies to serve in those contexts.
The multicultural team of Juan Martinez and Mark Branson collaborated to write Churches, Cultures, and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities to equip such leaders to create environments that make God's reconciling initiatives apparent in church life and in our missional engagement with neighborhoods and cities.
Generated by courses taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, Branson and Martinez take an interdisciplinary approach that integrates biblical and theological study with the disciplines of sociology, cultural anthropology and communications. The result is a rich blend of astute analysis with guidance for practical implementation of a deeper intercultural life for the church. Case studies, Bible studies and exercises for personal reflection and classroom use connect the real life and everyday challenges that inevitably arise in multi-ethnic contexts.
Martinez and Branson offer not static model but a praxis of 'paying attention,' reflection and study that can lead to a genuine reconciliation and shared life empowered by the gospel that is personal, interpersonal, cultural and structural.