Intercultural Leadership and Learning: Engaging Ministry in Diverse Contexts

Summer 2019
Start Date:
Monday, June 24, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Schedule Notes:

Schedule notes

  • June 10, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: On-line webinar and short pre-intensive reflection paper due.
  • June 24-28: in-class intensives (9:00-5:00, Mon-Friday).
  • Additional evening activities recommended but not required.
    (Monday/Wednesday content and Tuesday/Thursday community building)
Pastoral Theology

Diverse cultural contexts in Canada and globally require leaders and learners who work with an artist’s palette of knowledge, tools and experience. These ministry artists are able to listen to, engage and foster community within and beyond the walls of their organizations and churches, shaped by the biblical vision of shalom in which each person is able fully to be themselves, have their voices heard and share their gifts.

Diversity within all our ministry contexts today is generated by relationships across culture, race, gender, class, education, region, geography and age. Histories of migration, relationships between settlers and Canada’s indigenous peoples, and dynamics of power, privilege, and marginalization bring additional complexity. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission highlights the need to respond to this complexity, including specific Calls to Action to build cultural competencies. There is a clear need for ministry leaders with increased skills in intercultural leadership and learning, transformational education, and theologies of intercultural ministry.

The course includes participation in the Canadian Council of Churches’ ‘Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry’ (DUIM) program. Course participants work with trained intercultural ministry animators, an Intercultural Mentor, and a number of resource people. Participants are taught, model, and practice a wealth of intercultural facilitation skills, activities, and pedagogical tools that can be adapted to local ministry contexts.

At every step the course intentionally prepares participants to return to their ministry settings, not as “experts” on intercultural engagement, but with tools and attitudes for leading and facilitating their organizations, churches and communities in reflecting on intercultural ministry across difference.

Enrolment Notes:

Drop deadline to avoid academic and financial penalty: 12pm June 25, 2019