Cross-Cultural Leadership Training Program
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Experienced Based Mentored Training for Intercultural ministry sequencing to a MACS degree with Northwest Baptist Seminary
There is a growing need for church leadership in the context of a multi-ethnic fellowship of believers to develop competency in facilitating healthy relationships. How does a leader deal with the dynamic of valuing cultural distinctives while integrating people from various backgrounds into a unified congregation? How can the inevitable tensions that arise from cultural differences be resolved in positive ways? How does a church shift towards an intercultural mindset and what form does that take?
Moreover, our increasingly multicultural Canadian environment with all its complexity demands sensitivity and insight for those who wish to lead their church into making a relevant gospel impact. How is the gospel to be contextualized while maintaining the constant of Christ as Lord and savior? How can significant relationships be developed with communities that have different priorities, values, and history? How can our churches be equipped as confident and competent witnesses to those world representatives who are our fellow Canadians?
In addition there are many opportunities for committed believers to serve in significant and relevant ways in international contexts. At Fellowship International Ministries and Northwest Baptist Seminary we believe that training and preparation for the cultural and theological demands of these environments is essential. Training for effectiveness in cross-cultural ministry needs to occur in real life, real time ministry settings.
This is why CLTP was created: a mentored, experienced based training program for cross-cultural ministry in Canada and internationally.
Basic Outline: Developing effective cross-cultural ministry leaders who can serve in a multi-ethnic Canadian setting or internationally requires the integration of resources available in the local church, the denominational mission agency, and the seminary. As these resources contribute collaboratively to the educational process, people are prepared for cross-cultural ministry leadership. The process embraces an experiential learning paradigm that integrates mentored, cross-cultural ministry experiences, specific biblical and theological studies, and deliberate relational and leadership development. These learning experiences will occur in Canada and other regions of the world so that the individual is introduced to a broad spectrum of cross-cultural ministry leadership and prepared through this process to move intentionally into a suitable ministry placement at the conclusion of the process. Individuals will develop the necessary skills that will enable them to work successfully as cross-cultural ministry leaders, guide others towards healthy intercultural relationships and be an effective ambassador of Christ in a multi-ethnic setting. The student will:
- understand and apply cross-cultural ministry theory through an integrated learning process
- develop proactive learning skills (listen, observe, analyze and reflect)
- embrace appropriate attitudes (humility and servanthood)
- model essential leadership postures (participatory learning and teamwork)
- be equipped to serve as a member of a church staff or as an international missionary
If you would like further information or clarification of details, please contact the supervisor of the CLTP program, Mark Naylor at the contact form below. NOTE: The Cross-Cultural Leadership Training Program (CLTP) is a collaborative training program between Fellowship International Ministries and Northwest Baptist Seminary which has been patterned after Northwest’s Youth Leadership Training Program.