Pastoral Leadership Skills for the Multicultural, Multiethnic Church
A Case Study of Southeast Asians in an American Church
A pastor faces many challenges in leading his church, more so when he leads a multicultural church. In relation to this, author and Rev. Dr. F. Lee Jones shares Pastoral Leadership Skills for the Multicultural, Multiethnic Church: A Case Study of Southeast Asians in an American Church.
Since many churches have been so richly blessed with cultural diversity, a multicultural pastor faces a challenging task in keeping his church together. He must possess certain leadership skills, talents, and abilities to ensure that each culture is sensitized to the differences of others and that these differences are respected, embraced, and eventually celebrated.
Multicultural leaders should have the ability to analyze cultural and ethnic groups and their various needs for security; identify cultural and ethnic group needs for belonging; select an appropriate response, to ensure cultural and ethnic groups’ needs for significance; and assess the success of the plan/s to ensure the result of fulfilling the purposes God has for the lives of all cultural and ethnic groups to achieve their levels of self-actualization.
Through this study, the author provides insight as to whether or not the church in Calvary succeeds as a healthy model of a multicultural, multiethnic church, or if they have only complicated matters for themselves. He addresses the need to resolve issues noted about decision making in their multicultural church. He hopes his work will aid in the proper course of action and serve as a guide to other multicultural and multiethnic churches.