Promoting Intercultural Competency in Preaching
By Derek Weber
Preachers are always wanting the Word to be heard in new ways, with new power and broader impact. We also acknowledge the limitations of our own perspectives and understandings. How then can we move beyond what sometimes is called “the temple of our familiar” and speak with new insight and understanding? What tools might we use to interpret scripture and craft our sermons in ways that hear new voices and bring new cultures into the conversation?
The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has created a new resource that should be in the hands of every preacher today. ICC Sermon Starters: Promoting Intercultural Competency in Preaching is a tool for preachers that help us preach boldly in a time of reckoning for the whole church. The goal of the resource is not to take away the individual preacher’s voice or heritage, but to broaden the scope, equip the preacher to hear from neighbors, and appreciate alternate ways of living into the text and following God’s call.
The Worship Team of Discipleship Ministries highly recommends this resource and this exercise as we continue to become the church of God’s kin-dom and engaged in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, served churches in Indiana and Arkansas and the British Methodist Church. His PhD is from University of Edinburgh in preaching and media. He has taught preaching in seminary and conference settings for more than 20 years.