|About the Book|
This book is intended as a resource for provoking dialogue on the nature of leadership in multicultural congregations. When the first edition was written, more than a decade ago, there was a limited pool of resources available to help practitionersMoreThis book is intended as a resource for provoking dialogue on the nature of leadership in multicultural congregations. When the first edition was written, more than a decade ago, there was a limited pool of resources available to help practitioners in the fi eld, even less addressingthe Canadian context. Dan Sheffield brought a missiologists perspective to this discussion that had been shaped by lived experience in North Americas multi-ethnic reality and church planting experience in post-apartheid, urban South Africa.Over the past decade, however, a proliferation of resources on multi-ethnic, intercultural, multi-racial, multicultural churches have entered the marketplace. Again, almost all written through the lens of the American experience, and often, focused on the mechanics of multicultural community, rather than the challenges specific to the leadership task. With another 15 years under his belt, of working with leaders in multi-ethnic congregations across Canada, USA, Mumbai, Manila, Accra, Bangkok and Budapest, Sheffi eld brings further reflection on the development of intercultural leadership skills.This second edition of The Multicultural Leader deals with the role of congregational leadership in embedding the multicultural vision as a way of seeing. The author draws from various disciplines to develop a profi le of leaders necessary to initiate and sustain the multicultural congregation. Sheffi elds conclusion is that leaders in multi-ethnic congregationsmust move through a developmental process from an ethnocentric, monocultural perspectiveto a multi-ethnic, intercultural approach in order to serve as enablers of multicultural congregations.Dan Sheffield is Director of Global and Intercultural Ministries for The Free Methodist Church in Canada and an Adjunct Lecturer at Tyndale Seminary (Toronto, ON) and Northern Seminary (Lombard, IL).