The partnership model

Australia has become the second most cosmopolitan nation in the world. 1 As immigration has increased, Australian communities have become culturally more diverse. In the U.S., Harvey Conn, in his introduction of Manuel Ortiz’s book One New People, points out that Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week because Christians tend to gather in ethnic groups.2  Our churches must respond to these changes in the particular contexts in which they are situated. There are doorways for welcoming and engaging in multicultural mission. (more…)

Every tribe and nation

God calls us to go: to go and meet people in their context. Then, once we have gone, we can invite them to come: to come and meet with Jesus, joining with other disciples as the Church.1 Go; then come. The order of these two events cannot be overstated in our current cultural setting. Let me explain. (more…)