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Ministering to Culturally Diverse Populations

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

This course is a study of ministry to diverse populations with emphasis on urban ministry settings, as well as the responsibility of the church to embrace diversity and reach out to all people.

  • CIMS Credit: 1
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English

No subject is more relevant to today’s society than cross-cultural or multicultural ministry. In the United States, where 50 percent of the population is now of ethnic origin, this is a ministry that cannot be ignored. If the harvest is to be reaped, churches must reach beyond the native-born Americans and also witness to those of various nationalities. There is truth to the thought that the world has now come to the United States and America has truly become a mission field. To reach their next door neighbors or the family down the street, churches must become missions minded.

Ministering to Culturally Diverse Populations offers practical guidelines for achieving a multicultural ministry. The stories of several churches who have had successful efforts in this direction are included in this volume. Step-by-step procedures are also offered so that any minister or church can easily adapt them in planting a church in a cross-cultural setting.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Discuss the theological basis for multicultural ministry.
  2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of multicultural ministry.
  3. Discuss the importance of multicultural ministry in today’s society.
  4. Identify the role of the church in multicultural ministry.
  5. Embrace other cultures into their own churches or plant a cross-cultural church.
  1. Historical and Biblical Benchmarks of Multicultural Ministry
  2. Mountain West Model
  3. The Missionary Call to Multicultural Ministry
  4. Strengths and Weaknesses of Multicultural Ministry
  5. The Importance of Multicultural Evangelism: Part 1
  6. The Importance of Multicultural Evangelism: Part 2
  7. The Importance of Multicultural Evangelism: Part 3
  8. Reaching the Cross-Cultural Harvest
  9. Developing the Cross-Cultural Church
  10. The Power of Race, Ethnicity and Culture
  11. Multicultural Church Development
  12. Planting Cross-Cultural Churches: Part 1
  13. Planting Cross-Cultural Churches: Part 2
  14. Panel Discussion

Video Lesson 1: Historical and Biblical Benchmarks of Multicultural Ministry

Your Instructors

Dr. Dwight Allen

Dr. Esdras Betancourt

Dr. T. L. Lowry

Dr. Wallace Sibley

Dr. Donnie W. Smith

Dr. Wayne Solomon

Dr. Paul Walker

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

Please send us any issues by completing the form on the Contact page.

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