There is a growing mission field “on our doorstep” in Spartanburg, Greenville, and all across the state of South Carolina. Ethnic diversity in our communities has been steadily rising. Christian churches and ministries desire to reach across all people groups, fulfilling the Great Commission to make disciples of all people. Being sure that this kind of ministry and cultural unity in the Body of Christ is the heart of God, the Church in general is striving to learn more effective ways to reach out.
The Ethnic America Network (EAN) is a coalition of ministries and churches from across the United States and Canada whose goal is to promote this kind of intercultural unity. EAN is equipping ministries for cross-cultural advancement of the Gospel in their own cities and communities through Ethnic Ministry summits. Since 2000, the group has been taking these summits from city to city, informing and training ministry leaders to reach immigrant people groups right where they live and serve.
An Ethnic Ministry Summit will be coming to our area in April and the time to register is now. On April 19, 20, and 21, Evangel Cathedral in Spartanburg, SC, will be the host site of Ethnic Ministry Summit 2012.
A team from the network will be here to train and equip area ministry leaders. During these three days leaders will hear from nationally known speakers who will teach, encourage and inspire. Among those influential speakers is Dr. Bruce Fong, Pastor and author of Racial Equality in the Church. Other sessions will be held by Dr. Danny Carroll Rodas, author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible. Bishop Harry Jackson, who has been named in the Christian Post as one of the top fifty most influential Christians, will also be sharing throughout the summit scheduled sessions. He is the co-author of High Impact African American Churches. You can find a list of summit plenary speakers along with their bios and the summit schedule at www.interculturalnetworkcarolina.org
A Pre-Summit Neighborhood Discovery event will be taking place April 18-19, at Fairforest Baptist Church. Presenters include EAN, LifeWay, and Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry. This event is free but registration is required. Here leaders will be learning how to locate and identify the different people groups in their own communities. They will discover who lives in their community as they are taught how to do ethnographic mapping and utilize online resources.
Throughout the week fresh ideas and strategies will be forming. Special projects will be implemented. National and local ministry partnerships will be formed.
For more information and registration: www.interculturalnetworkcarolina.org or www.ethnicAmerica.com
“All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You O Lord, and shall bring honor to Your name.” Psalm 86:9