Dr. Roberto Hodgson, Multicultural Ministries Director USA/CANADA
MISSION AND VISION
The Multicultural Ministries Office exists to support districts, pastors, local churches, and leaders
in the task of making Christ-like disciples among all ethnic groups in the United States and Canada.
The cutting edge of growth across the USA/Canada Region has been within immigrant and ethnic people groups, states the USA/Canada Regional Office. Nazarene churches throughout the nation, especially in urban contexts, are being confronted with the complexities of ministry to these groups. In an effort to meet this challenge Multicultural Ministries works with our different ethnic groups within the church to train leaders and develop strategies for making Christlike disciples. They are divided into Strategic Readiness Teams under the leadership of an ethnic facilitator. To see which specific groups have ministries in the Church of the Nazarene, and to access their resources click here.
If you are interested in resources for a multicultural congregation, connecting with an existing ministry, or even starting a new multicultural ministry, you can contact the Multicultural Ministries office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Multicultural Ministries provides ministry resources that include current statistics, articles, videos and related resourceful information including our monthly e-newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to the e-newsletter click here.
Multicultural Ministries will be hosting Gatherings for all ethnic groups who requested it. The Multicultural Ministries Gatherings are to provide a time of fellowship, information and refreshment. Contact the Gathering Host if you are interested in attending. For a list of all General Assembly activities click here.
MULTICULTURAL MINISTRIES RESOURCES
Multicultural Leadership - Multicultural Ministries' passion is to encourage the development of strategy and initiative to reach the USA/Canada mission field through the visionary leadership of the ethnic facilitators and their strategy committees. Members of the Multicultural Ministries strategy committees are church leaders committed to leading their ethnic groups in establishing the Kingdom of God in the hearts of people and their communities. Ethnic Faciltitators are available to address questions or needs you may have regarding their particular ethnic group.
Multicultural Conferences and Events - Multicultural Ministries sponsors regional and national conferences to provide fellowship, networking and seminars to assist the cultural groups in maintaining Nazarene theological and doctrinal identity and equipping them to proclaim and support the mission of the church “To make Christ-like Disciples in the Nations.”
Educational Partnerships - Multicultural Ministries partners with our Nazarene educational institutions to prepare men and women for ministry. One of the partnerships available is the ethnic student ministerial scholarship. Multicultural Ministries USA/Canada will provide scholarships for the Ministerial Preparation Program at Nazarene Bible College to any USA/Canada ethnic student preparing for ordination. Ethnic students may contact Admissions at Nazarene Bible College by calling 719-884-5060 or by sending an inquiry to: email@example.com Nazarene Theological Seminary provides a Doctorate of Ministry Program in Spanish.
Ethnic Leadership Development Initiative - The Ethnic Leadership Development Initiative (ELDI) is a two year program for selected young leaders from different ethnic groups to receive coaching, training and mentoring for leadership in the USA/Canada region. Multicultural Ministries also provides specific seminars in church planting, evangelism and discipleship to equip ethnic leaders.
Immigrant Ministries - Multicultural Ministries provides, through a contracted agreement with an immigration attorney, telephone hotline access for district leadership who have questions regarding R1 Visas. World Relief partners with us in providing training and educational materials on immigration issues for Superintendents, Pastors, and other staff of the Church of the Nazarene. Multicultural Ministries also assists, in partnership with World Relief, selected local churches and Compassionate Ministry sites to seek recognition before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) in the interest of providing competent, affordable, authorized immigration legal services on a limited basis.
Downloadable Resources - Multicultural Ministries provides seminars and materials to help church leaders develop the skills needed to build a welcoming church in a multicultural society.
E-Newsletter -Multicultural Ministries provides a monthly e-newsletter that includes a note from the Director, Dr. Roberto Hodgson, statistics, calendar of events, news and prayer requests. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.