The Guide to International Church Ministry explores the unique dynamics of international churches and then gives practical insights about how those dynamics affect daily life and ministry in these churches. In a church with forty nationalities and forty denominations represented, there are many joys and challenges. It is hoped that this book will encourage people who are involved in international church ministry and encourage others to consider this rich and rewarding ministry.
It is the positive experience of my years at RIC that inspired me to write A Guide to International Church Ministry. I began Doctor of Ministry studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010 so I could explore in more detail what had made my experience at RIC so wonderful. After I completed my DMin and graduated in May 2015, I decided to make the guide I wrote available so others could benefit from it.
I share my opinions but I am under no illusion that anyone will agree with everything that I say. As much as possible, I have tried to include points of view from other international pastors so that this guide will be helpful to a broader range of leaders. What I write is not meant to be a rule book or how- to book for international church ministry. It is meant to help those already working in international churches, as well as those interested in international church ministry, to be better prepared to lead as they think through their own perspective of church life issues.
In this guide I discuss international church distinctives and apply them to the life and ministry of an international church. As I received feedback from international pastors and church leaders, I incorporated their comments to provide a wider range of perspectives on these issues.
In the range of international churches, RIC is on one end of the spectrum. There are cities with multiple international churches; Rabat has just one English-speaking international church. There are cities where the international churches have a significant number of national believers who attend; RIC rarely has Moroccans who attend. There are international churches with a significant part of the congregation who live permanently in the city where the church is located; RIC is highly transitional. There are international churches in countries that are sympathetic to Christian faith; RIC exists in a country that is 99 percent Muslim.
I discovered that despite the differences among international churches, there is a large part of what each international church experiences that is shared in common. There may still have to be a bit of translating of the experience of RIC to another international church, but there will be a lot of resonance.
My hope is that those who read this guide will be encouraged to use their spiritual gifts in one of the international churches of the world and be better prepared for life and ministry as they serve in an international church.
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|Size: ||985 KB|
|Publisher: ||John R Wald III|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9780972461689 (DRM-EPUB)|
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