Intercultural Engagement

What is ‘intercultural’ community?

Broadly, culture relates to language, habits, ideas, beliefs, customs, social organisation, processes and values. Diversity is part of God’s creation, and God is at work in every culture. Culture can be a good thing! However, we (and the gospel we proclaim) can become captive to our culture. The challenge for every follower of Christ is to allow the Gospel to transcend our culture – to bring out the best of our culture and set us free from everything that entangles. Read more.

Why does it matter?

Aotearoa New Zealand has always been a diverse place. Even between different iwi and hapū, there are cultural variations. People from all over the world now live in New Zealand. In 2013 there were more than 200 different ethnic groups across the country – and many of our communities are increasingly ethnically diverse. So what?

How do we become intercultural?

When we talk to those in church leadership about intercultural communities they often say ‘tell me what to do!’ Becoming an intercultural community is a process – and there is no single way to do it because it is always contextual. That said, there are many different ideas and tools that can help stimulate conversation, conversion and action in your community. Find them here.

Where can I learn more?

Anashuya Fletcher, our Intercultural Communities Enabler would love to learn about your context to encourage and help resource you or connect you with others who can help. You can call her on 021 036 2743 or email her.

We have also posted the links to some helpful resources developed overseas below: