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Mobile Ed: MI212 Church Planting in Multiethnic Contexts (4 hour course)

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Church Planting in Multiethnic Contexts ventures into uncharted territory for many in the majority culture. Building on an analysis of how the American church became segregated, this course takes an insightful look at the intersection of culture, church planting, and church growth, and discusses the impact of both our theological and cultural views in creating an environment where diversity is welcome.


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Explain how diversity is the work of God
  • Discuss the parallels between the church of Acts and the church of today in responding to diversity
  • Identify the historical practices encouraged during the Church Growth Movement that led to higher levels of segregation in the church
  • Describe the role of culture in the historical growth of Christianity
  • Evaluate the opportunity for church growth by embracing both primary and secondary culture
  • Describe how the immigrant church in America creates a safe place where essential, identity-forming needs are met
  • Summarize the impact of our theological views on our view of multiculturalism within the church
  • Develop an awareness and sensitivity to diversity in the church and the impact on a multiethnic church plant
  • Describe the importance of healthy and purposeful leadership in planting a multiethnic church

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: The Social Realities of Planting a Multiethnic Church

  • The Hermeneutical Circle of Multicultural Ministry
  • Shaping the Social Reality of a New Church Plant
  • Responding to Diversity: The Model of the Acts 15 Church
  • Diversity as the Work of God

Unit 2: Examining Segregation in the Church Growth Movement

  • The Impact of Donald McGavran and Social Science on Church Growth
  • When Principles of Overseas Missions Are Applied to American Churches
  • Two Branches of the Church Growth Movement
  • Key Principles of the Church Growth Movement
  • A Retrospective on the Church Growth Movement
  • Segregation in the Church

Unit 3: Culture and Church Growth

  • An Introduction to Primary and Secondary Culture
  • Comparing and Contrasting Primary and Secondary Culture
  • The Intersection of Primary and Secondary Culture and Its Relation to Church Growth
  • The Acts 2 Model of Church Growth
  • The Relationship between Church Growth and Self-Sacrificial Living
  • The Growth of the Immigrant Church in America
  • The Role of Language and Culture in Korean Church Growth
  • The Role of Community in Korean Church Growth in America
  • The Role of Social Status in Korean Church Growth in America
  • The Role of Social Services in Korean Church Growth in America

Unit 4: The Impact of Our Theological Views

  • Ecclesiology: Understanding the Church
  • Cultural Captivity and Dysfunctional Ecclesiologies
  • The Evolution of Worship
  • The Influence of Western Culture on Models of Evangelism
  • The Influence of Cultural Lenses on Our Christology

Unit 5: Developing Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity

  • Degrees of Formality in Multiethnic Church Plants
  • Developing Cultural Competency
  • Understanding Social Capital

Unit 6: Planning and Problem Solving in a Multiethnic Church Plant

  • The Concept of Systems Thinking
  • The Consequences of Simplistic Problem Solving
  • The Unintended Negative Consequences of Linear Thinking
  • The Cat and the Toaster: An Illustration of Systems Thinking

Unit 7: The Importance of Healthy and Purposeful Leadership

  • The Influence of Leadership on Shaping a Church Plant
  • The Need for Leadership to Reflect the Image of God
  • Healthy Leadership: Where the Pastor Leads, the Church Will Follow
  • Planning the Identity of a Church Plant
  • The Purpose and Impact of Defining Values in a Church Plant

Unit 8: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Do We Shift from Linear to Systems Thinking?
  • How Do We Develop Culturally Competent Leaders?
  • How Does Your Personal Story Intersect with Church Planting?
  • What Encouragement Would You Offer for Planters of Multiethnic Churches?


  • Concluding the Course

Product Details

  • Title: MI212 Church Planting in Multiethnic Contexts
  • Instructor: Soong-Chan Rah
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4
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About Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Prior to his appointment at Fuller, Dr. Rah served as the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.

Rah has authored or coauthored over a half dozen, and many award-winning, books including The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity, Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, Return to Justice: Six Movements that Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, and Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith.

After completing his BA in political science and history/sociology at Columbia University, Dr. Rah earned an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a ThM, with a thesis on the immigrant church, from Harvard University, a DMin, with a concentration in urban ministry leadership, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a ThD from Duke Divinity School, with a primary field of study in theology and ethics and a secondary field of study in American evangelical history.

Dr. Rah was the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic church focused on urban ministry and committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context.

Dr. Rah is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and a member of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, American Academy of Religion, and American Society of Missiology. He has spoken widely on the topics of the witness of the church, cross-cultural ministry, and social justice at academic conferences, seminaries, Christian colleges, local churches, denominational gatherings, and ministry conferences on both the domestic and global level. His wife, Sue, teaches special education, and they have two children, Annah and Elijah.

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  1. kalu onuoha ogbuagu
    Very enlightening.God bless you.
  2. Angela Meister
    EXCELLENT. Thank you.


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