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Navigating the Power Gap

Navigating the Power Gap As Mitch stood before his small group composed of 5 American and 4 Chinese university students, he gave a sincere invitation for everyone to share openly.  To his frustration, the Chinese remained silent as the Americans happily carried the entire conversation.  Mitch experienced the same results as he asked for volunteers to … Continue reading Navigating the Power Gap

Navigating Cultural Differences

Navigating Cultural Differences Successful connections between American and immigrant churches view cultural differences not as problems to be fixed but as realities to be understood and navigated.  In cultural differences there is no right or wrong; there is simply differentness.  Navigating cultural differences is the 5th of our 7 keys to cultivating healthy relationships between American … Continue reading Navigating Cultural Differences

Connecting Churches to Demonstrate the Racial Unity of the Body of Christ

Connecting Churches to Demonstrate the Racial Unity of the Body of Christ We love sharing the stories of immigrant ministry heroes!  We’re pleased to award this year’s SuperConnector of the Year award (which includes a $100 Target gift card in addition to the certificates all SuperConnectors receive) to Pastor Matthew Cephus for his work in connecting … Continue reading Connecting Churches to Demonstrate the Racial Unity of the Body of Christ

Connecting Churches for Shared Ministry

Connecting Churches for Shared Ministry Connections between American and immigrant churches maximize their Kingdom impact through multiple shared ministries.  Merely sharing a facility creates “religious roommates” but not necessarily meaningful spiritual impact.  Sharing mutual ministries is the 4th of our 7 keys to cultivating healthy relationships between American and immigrant churches. These kinds of mutual ministries … Continue reading Connecting Churches for Shared Ministry

Preventing Inter-Church Conflict with Written Agreements

Preventing Inter-Church Conflict with Written Agreements Relationships between American and immigrant churches are more likely to break down because of smells in the kitchen than because of language barriers or doctrinal disagreements.  Just as wise dating couples discuss as many aspects of marriage as possible, wise churches plan in advance for commonly seen issues that arise … Continue reading Preventing Inter-Church Conflict with Written Agreements

Connecting Churches for Worship, Fellowship and Outreach

Connecting Churches for Worship, Fellowship and Outreach This month’s SuperConnector award goes to Pastor Balam Luswata, connecting International Mission Fellowship and Bethany Covenant Churches of Stillwater, Minnesota. After a long period of social distancing during COVID, Pastor Balam’s congregation began meeting at Bethany’s facility.  Since Bethany had an available fellowship hall, the two congregations were both … Continue reading Connecting Churches for Worship, Fellowship and Outreach

Preventing Relationship Breakdowns between Churches

Preventing Relationship Breakdowns between Churches Why do relationships between American and immigrant churches sometimes fall apart?  On the surface there may seem to be several possible causes, such as a stained carpet or misconfigured sound system.  But when we look behind the external event to the underlying causes, we discover that the most common reason for … Continue reading Preventing Relationship Breakdowns between Churches

Connecting Churches for Life Together

Connecting Churches for Life Together This month’s SuperConnector award goes to Pastor Ben Duarte, connecting Iglesia Evangelica Hispana and Woodburn Evangelical Churches of Woodburn, Oregon. In the past years, Latinos have swelled to 60% of the population of Woodburn, which has a sizeable Russian population as well.  The city has a great need for ethnic churches.  … Continue reading Connecting Churches for Life Together

Connecting Churches to Kindle Spiritual Fire

Connecting Churches to Kindle Spiritual Fire Has COVID dampened the shared spiritual energy of your church?  Are your prayer gatherings few and small?  Connecting American and immigrant churches for prayer can be one step toward renewing spiritual zeal. Kindling shared spiritual passion is the first of 7 keys for cultivating powerful relationships between American and immigrant … Continue reading Connecting Churches to Kindle Spiritual Fire

Connecting Churches for Effective Evangelism

Connecting Churches for Effective Evangelism Our SuperConnector award for April goes to Pastor Khamis Artema of South Sudanese Church of Fridley, MN, serving together with Grace Evangelical Free Church of Fridley.  Pastor Khamis has done an excellent job of leading his congregation to serve alongside an American congregation in ways that make both churches stronger. Like … Continue reading Connecting Churches for Effective Evangelism

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