Seminars

Seminars and Packages for Churches

Our Culture Workshops are all varied, interactive, fun and employ multi-media.

We offer a selection of packages, to suit your church, or can tailor something to your specific needs.

Seminars

A basic seminar is typically 60-90 minutes long and provides an introduction to culture assuming very little existing knowledge on behalf of the church members attending.

We ask and answer the question, ‘What is culture?’, bring some helpful definitions, offer a potted history of cultural studies and introduce five basic building blocks of culture. Participants are encouraged to plot themselves on culture scales and think about the fact that they too, not just ‘foreigners,’ have distinct cultural preferences. Church based scenarios are presented for group discussion where one cultural dynamic or other is under the microscope in a real or imagined situation involving cross-cultural misunderstandings.

Subsequent seminars may dig deeper into one or more of the cultural dynamics introduced in this first session. Topics that may be developed include communication styles, attitudes to time, culture and identity, conflict resolution, church and culture, friendship and hospitality, learning styles, concepts of spirituality and leadership styles.

Packages

Just visiting – a free initial consultation with church leaders to discuss the locality, existing outreach, church local mission agenda and possible responses.

Taster evening – a 1 1/2 hour fun and interactive session for church congregations to inspire, engage and inform church members about The Nations on their doorstep. Includes a short Bible exposition, fun videos, the nuts and bolts of culture and group discussion.

Local Mission Weekend – a mission weekend of input on reaching the nations on our doorsteps. One 1 1/2 hour cultural awareness workshop (e.g. Saturday afternoon or evening, Sunday afternoon), two related services including preaching.

Integration Analysis – a visit, analysis and consultation with church leaders asking and answering the question, ‘How integrated is your local church?’

Series of Follow Up Visits – a series of 4 return visits spread across one calendar year. Including at least one visit to see church leaders, one to visit relevant projects/ministries and one to visit the church at worship. Aim, to further develop specific areas highlighted for action and check on the church’s progress, encouraging the church as they implement their local mission actions.

Seminar topics selection

What is Culture

Some definitions of culture, the history of cultural studies, five basic scales of building blocks of culture and a look at your own culture. This session aims to give participants a basic awareness of the importance of culture.

Culture and Lifestyle

How people from different cultures do things like family, finance, leisure, rest, finances and celebrations etc. What may happen when these different worldviews encounter each other in the setting of a church family.

Communication

The different ways in which people from various cultures communicate with each other (12 signals of communication) and likely sources of miss-communication and misunderstanding.

Conflict Resolution

Different cultural attitudes to identifying the causes of conflict, dealing with the issues involved and bringing resolution. Analysis of examples from Acts.

Friendship and Hospitality

How friendships work in different cultures and varying attitudes to having people round and what the Bible means by ‘practice hospitality’, with implications for church life.

Learning styles

The different underlying philosophies of how different societies expect people to learn and what this might mean in a church context.

Spirituality and Team Life

Cultural assumptions about what it means to live a ‘spiritual life’ and what is regarded as fundamental or optional in inter-personal relationships between Christians working together.

Leadership Styles

There’s a whole range of leaderships styles possible within a Biblical framework so what do different cultures have to teach us about how to lead and be led.

Biblical versus Cultural

How much of what we do in church life is explicitly commanded in scripture and how much is simply the way we’ve always done things? Is it possible or desirable to be purely biblical without being cultural? Which cultural forms are appropriate, if any?

Cultural based judging systems

An examination of our innate and unconscious tendency to judge other people’s behaviour by the standards of our own upbringing. Christian growth is explored in terms of increasing cultural self-awareness and appreciation of differences.