Intercultural Development

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What is Intercultural Development (ICD)?

Intercultural Development leverages cultural competency and helps churches along in the reconciliation process. Intercultural Development is foundational to reconciliation. LMDJ walks alongside churches and communities as they embrace the mosaic of God’s Kingdom, learning how to engage in mutual exchange and share life with people across ethnicity and culture.

All of us can benefit from Intercultural Development. ICD is particularly essential in churches that do not reflect the ethnic diversity of their community. Through using ICD tools and resources, the church can be equipped to participate in the breaking down of dividing walls of hostility and misunderstanding as we work alongside those in our neighborhoods.

Intercultural Development is pursued in conjunction with other Ministry Development initiatives and Racial Righteousness offerings: the Invitation to Racial Righteousness Suite, Sankofa, Journey to Mosaic, the LMDJ Curriculum, and others.


Resources

We connect congregations and individuals with assessments and practical tools to move churches along in their intercultural comprehension and development. These tools help churches and individuals to identify intercultural goals and challenges, increase cultural self- understanding, and enable improved accomplishment of key intercultural goals.

LMDJ Curriculum

This LMDJ video-based curriculum will help small groups, ministry teams and individuals discover and apply the faith related imperatives presented in the 2011 Covenant Resource Paper: The Covenant Church and The Ministry of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice.

This curriculum invites the participant to dig deeper into the Bible assisted by the Resource Paper and video presentations from Covenant leaders and North Park faculty. The desired outcome would be a faithful response that opens heart, head, and hands to loving mercy and doing justice in our daily lives.

Intercultural Development Inventory

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an excellent resource for individuals and congregations. It builds:

  • Awareness
  • Sensitivity
  • Competency
  • Contextually relevant feedback

For more information about the Intercultural Development Inventory or to request a facilitator for an assessment or IDC seminar please contact the LMDJ office at Lmdj@covchurch.org.

Further Reading

Improve your cultural awareness through reading these titles individually and in small groups:

  • Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
  • Roadmap to Reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil
  • Dear White Christians: For those still longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey
  • Linking Arms, Linking Lives: How Urban-Suburban Partnerships can Transform Communities, by Al Tizon, Noel Castellanos, Ron Sider, and John Perkins

For a more comprehensive recommended reading list from Love Mercy Do Justice click below: