Every Nation, Tribe and Language: Growing multi-ethnic churches
More than 50 people gathered on 10 June 2017 for a CMMW conference in St Mark’s Baptist Church, Bristol, to discuss the joys, challenges and opportunities of leading a multi-ethnic church.
The fascinating discussions explored the Biblical mandate for multi-ethnic church communities, and how we can build truly inclusive communities which value and celebrate people from all cultural backgrounds.
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GLOBAL MISSION CONFERENCE 2016
The Global Mission Conference saw a gathering of missionaries, mission societies, pastors, theologians and church members to think and pray about Mission in the Third Millennium.
Hosted by Dr. Samuel Cueva, President of Mission for the Third Millenium and part of the CMMW team, and Rev. Chris Green, Vicar of St James, Muswell Hill, the conference featured speakers from around the world including the UK, Europe and Latin America.
Every Tribe, Nation and Language: Growing Multi-ethnic Churches
A day conference for church leaders of all Christian traditions seeking to integrate people from different ethnic backgrounds into the life and mission of their church.
This day conference took place on Saturday 2nd July 2016 at Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. This unique collaboration between Birmingham Churches Together, Queens Foundation and the Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World attracted delegates from across the Christian traditions of Pentecostal, Anglican, Free Church and Catholic Churches.
Keynote speakers offered British and African perspectives about the challenge of growing multi-ethnic churches in the context of contemporary British society.
- Steve Hollinghurst explored the impact on Christian mission of secularism, individualism and consumerism.
- Harvey Kwiyani shared insights as an African missionary and theologian who has lived in the West for many years.
- Tani Omideyi shared his experience of growing a multi-ethnic church in the Anfield area of Liverpool
- Gale Richards helped us respond together in a conversation with keynote speakers about questions raised during group discussion.
The conference organisers were thrilled to welcome a diverse group of Christian leaders gathering from across the Midlands and beyond) to explore together the challenge of growing multi-ethnic fellowships and sharing the Christian Gospel across ethnic and cultural boundaries.
CMMW BRUNCH FOR PASTORS FROM MAJORITY WORLD
At the end of 2015, CMMW gathered together 15 pastors and leaders originating from 10 different countries as diverse as South Korea, Puru, Jamaica, Ethiopia and India. All now find themselves living as missionaries in the UK today, some having left their countries of birth with the express purpose of serving God here, while others have found themselves here through various circumstances, including fleeing their countries or coming to study, and it was while they were here that they sensed that God was calling them as missionaries to this place.
The purpose of the CMMW Brunch event was to encourage these pastors and missionaries, providing space to share their stories and discuss together the realities of mission in the UK today.
Read more about the event, including the keynote talk , Models of Mission in a Globalised World by Dr Samuel Cueva, on our news page.
Highs and Lows of Growing a Multi-ethnic Church - CMMW Conference March 2015
On 21 March 2015 CMMW held its second conference, at the Evangelical Alliance in Kings Cross, exploring two topics:
- Theological differences between western churches and churches from the majority world (Africa, Asia, Caribbean and South America)
- The challenges of growing multi-ethnic and multicultural churches
Speaking about the ways in which our culture shapes our theology, meaning we give different emphasis to various aspects of doctrine and practice, Mark Sturge spoke on the topic of theological differences between western and majority world churches. Mark is the Head of Churches (London Region) at Christian Aid and former General Secretary of the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance,
In the afternoon Rev David Wise spoke about his experience of leading a church which has transformed from a white majority church to a truly multicultural church reflecting a diverse range of cultures in its leadership, worship, teaching, fellowship and art work.
Partnership in Mission Conference 2014
We held our first CMMW conference, Partnership in Mission, on 6th September 2014 at Spurgeon's College in London. The conference brought together Christians from across the UK and various cultural backgrounds to explore how missionaries and pastors from the majority world can work in partnership with indigenous British Christians in the UK.
With increasing numbers of Christians from the global south moving to the UK as missionaries, the Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World organised this conference to provide a space for honest discussion about how Christians of all backgrounds can work together more effectively and in equal partnership. See below for the conference flyer.
CMMW conference talks - now available online:
Watch Rev Celia Apeagyei-Collins's talk on partnering in mission, which she opened by saying: "The very fact we are talking about partnership in mission indicates that something is wrong..."
Watch Rev Yemi Adedeji's talk on strategic partnerships, where he emphasises that partnership is not possible without relationships.
Watch Rev Dr Roger Standing's talk on unity, where he speaks passionately about the vision of a New Jerusalem with worshippers of all ethnicities before the throne, rich in diversity but uniting as one functioning community.
African Christianity and its Mission
The Missio Africanus think-tank day was held on 27th June 2014 at Birmingham Christian College.
The inaugural Missio Africanus think-tank day, organised by the Ajayi Crowther Centre for African Mission, focused on the big questions surrounding African missionary engagement in the 21st century.
Speakers included Dr Harvey Kwiyani, CMMW; Paul Thaxter, CMS; Rev Israel Olofinjana, CMMW; Dr Babatunde Adedibu, RCCG Research Officer and Dr Opoku Onyina, Church of Pentecost, UK.
Subjects included Africa and the African Diaspora, Intercultural Mutuality, Making Reverse Mission Work, and a special session celebrating Samuel Ajayi Crowther.