Cultural Competency – A Leadership Skill for Building and Strengthening the Church: Two Workshop Opportunities for Clergy
There will be two opportunities in the spring to develop your Cultural Competency leadership skills. Cultural Competency is defined as the willingness and ability to shift perspectives and change behavior, depending upon the cultural/racial context – and developing it requires a spiritual journey. The goal is to become more effective witnesses for the gospel of Jesus.
- Gain specific skills which will build toward cultural competency?
- Understand the concepts regarding cross-cultural/cross-racial interaction and be able to apply these concepts to your own ministry context?
- Experience difference as a way to be in relationship rather than to be separated?
- Develop your own learning/activity plan aimed at increasing cultural competence?
- Become more aware of our values, our world view, and the assumptions which affect our ability to function effectively and to develop trusting relationships across cultural and racial boundaries
- Learn culturally effective communication skills
- Learn from each other the challenges and possibilities which are shaped by racial and cultural identities
- Grapple with the effects of social privilege
- Explore adapting our behavior to be more authentically engaged