New Multiethnic Ministry Track Available at Talbot School of Theology

The specialty ministry cohort is part of the school’s Doctor of Ministry degree program.

Talbot School of Theology at Biola University is accepting applications for a new multiethnic ministry track in its Doctor of Ministry degree program.

The multiethnic church ministry track, which begins in June, aims to help church leaders better understand the changing ethnic demographics of North America and plant, grow and shepherd healthy multiethnic churches more effectively. It is designed for church leaders already engaged in ministry who cannot afford to take time off for a normal school schedule. The program is set up so that students are present at Talbot for two weeks in each of the track’s three years.

The two weeks of the first year examine the foundations and principles and procedures of multiethnic ministry. During the two-week residency of the second year, students will study models and strategies for multiethnic congregations and understanding the people of ethnic America. The final year looks at multiethnic dimensions of missional leadership and leading and managing multiethnic congregations.

The first residency is scheduled June 10-21, 2013.

Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, and Alan McMahan, associate professor of intercultural studies, will teach the cohort together, with several guest speakers planned as well. Scheduled guest speakers are: Mark DeYmaz, an Outreach magazine online editor, pastor of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, and executive director of the Mosaix Global Network, a relational network to catalyze the multiethnic church movement; Henry Kwan, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Flushing, N.Y.; Ken Korver, lead pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, Calif.; George Hunter III, distinguished professor emeritus at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.; Jay Pankratz, senior pastor of Sunrise Church in Rialto, Calif.; and Chuck Van Engen, professor of the theology of mission at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

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