There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
I recently finished reading Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World by David Livermore. The author walks you through information to help you understand what you do when you encounter someone who isn’t like you, how do you feel, and what goes on inside you.
There’s something secure and stabilizing about being with people who view the world like us. Laughing together about things we find funny, ranting together about things that anger us, and sharing an appreciation for some of the same food, art, and perspectives on the world can be the ingredients for building wonderful memories together. But quite honestly, there’s nothing very remarkable about enjoying time with people like us. If you want to see remarkable then love and appreciate someone who despises the very things we value and vice versa. Yet the real mystery of the gospel lies in how we deal with those relationships of difference.
A multicultural focus was once limited to missionaries going abroad, but the question of how ministry leaders and their organizations can effectively minister in culturally diverse situations is a critical and challenging problem for everyone in our globalized world. Developing cultural intelligence is becoming an increasingly important skill for ministry leaders serving at home. We need to understand, go deep, and express God-given love for people of different generations, faiths, ethnicity, and even politics.
Have you experienced ministry in a multicultural context? How did you handle the situation and equip your women to serve in that situation? Do you have any suggestions that might help others? We would love to hear your ideas.