This unit outlines a multicultural vision of the Kingdom of God and explores what it means for the leadership of a church to minister in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse context in multicultural Australia.

Unit code: DM3007W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate a multicultural vision for the church.


Identify several models for the local church ministering in the current Culturally and Linguistically Diverse context.


Outline the major challenges facing churches adopting a multicultural vision.


Demonstrate awareness of cross-cultural and intercultural issues in leadership, ministry and mission.


Discuss some constructive responses to the issues and challenges identified in 3 and 4 above.

Unit sequence

36 points in Field D


Lectures and tutorials within the class and also explore various multicultural models through interaction with Churches / congregations to help in understanding the CALD Context.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Branson, Mark Lau, and Juan Francisco Martínez. Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2011.
  • DeYmaz, Mark. Building a healthy multi-ethnic church: Mandate, commitments, and practices of a diverse congregation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.
  • Kim, Grace Ji-Sun, and Jann Aldredge-Clanton, eds. Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World. Judson Press, 2017.
  • Koo, Byoung Ok. Transitioning from an Ethnic to a Multicultural Church. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2019.
  • Law, Eric H. F. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb: A spirituality for leadership in a multicultural community. St Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1993.
  • Lingenfelter, Sherwood G. Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership. Grand Rapids, United States: Baker Academic, 2008.
  • Lopez, Mark. The origins of multiculturalism in Australian politics, 1945-1975. Carlton Sth, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 2000.
  • Marzouk, Safwat. Intercultural Church: A Biblical Vision for an Age of Migration. Fortress Press, 2019.
  • Richmond, Helen, and Myong Duk Yang, eds. Crossing Borders: Shaping faith, ministry and identity in multicultural Australia. Sydney: Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Ministry, The National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, 2006.
  • Woo, Rodney M. The color of church: The biblical and practical paradigm for multiracial churches. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper

1000 0.0

Research Project

1500 0.0


2500 0.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-09 16:49:49 +1100