Pastor Alberto Malisani Answer for question #1 and #2 - English 12 Page 12 of 12 pages 3) Level 3: Investing on the next generation. At this last point, I like readdress the original question seeking to bring light over this topic. Instead of questioning, “how we can integrate them (the multiples cultures) within church fellowship”, I want to point a different perspective while I finishing my answer to your original question. New direction of the origin
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  Pastor Alberto Malisani Answer for question #1 and #2 - English 12 Page 12 of 12 pages 3) Level 3:  Investing on the next generation. At this last point, I like readdress the srcinal question seeking to bring light over this topic. Instead of questioning, “how we can integrate them  (the multiples cultures) within church  fellowship” , I want to point a different perspective while I finishing my answer to your srcinal question.  New direction of the srcinal question: - How can “we” as church be integrated to a multicultural society? - How can “we”  as congregation be “beacon of light”  for our town by providing answers for their social needs in a multicultural world? I strongly believe that our vertical relationship with God should not exclude our horizontal relationship with the local community (like the cross). Insolation and cloistering of our faith has never being the right reaction for those challenges that church and society are facing. As people of God we must find the way that “we” encounter the local community needs and provide heavenly inspired solutions than rather being waiting that society come to us. For that reason, I am so excited about the job description include a “development plan for a future educational institution”  (starting as pre-school) that could be facing all those issues about multicultural issues and multi language society... at the same time this project could build a bridge  bringing the local community close from church fellowship.  Pastor Alberto Malisani Answer for question #1 and #2 - English 11 Page 11 of 12 pages 2) Level 2:   Starting a Hispanic ministry : Before talking about how to start the Hispanic ministry, there are some special thoughts to considerate related to this ministry. This thought comes from previous experiences leading Hispanic ministry, so it is important to recall and take into account. 1-a) Ministry linked to “Spanish language” (not to ethnic group or to nationalities): Address Hispanic ministry activities related to the “Spanish language” and avoid other ethnic concerns or nationalistic affiliations. The Spanish language is one of the most popular languages of the world. More than 500 millions people around the globe talks Spanish as the primary or secondary language. Despite there are many Spanish dialects and also some special inflections for each country, Spanish language already is the official language for 22 countries around the globe and many millions speaks Spanish as second or third language. So, as far as we keep the Hispanic ministry related/connected   to the Spanish language  we could focus on millions of people as target group. From the very moment in which we benefit 1 or 2 nationalities we lose a crowd of people that speak Spanish and maybe desperately need the gospel. 1-b) Use the cultural strengths to attract other immigrants. Latinos attracts Latinos. They are naturally sociable people. Every culture have strengths and weaknesses… and the most latinos people are by nature sociable  people. Also no matter wherever they come from they naturally and normally attract to other Hispanics speakers. So we need to create an environment that benefits and empowering that cultural strength for to reach newcomers. 2) Properly starting the Hispanic Ministry:  Baby steps : ã   Develop a healthy program for the Spanish small groups that church already have. ã   Provide simultaneous translation via headphones during the English service. ã   Start a weekly Bible study in Spanish. ã   Maybe starting a Spanish Sunday School class. These things are great building blocks and work effectively to get a small group going, especially with those families where one member speaks English and the other doesn’t. Could also be a good idea to coordinate “leadership training”  together with the English-speaking congregation. This demand some previous preparations like translating materials, create a momentum for Hispanic future leaders, etc… but provide a great sense of “fellowship”  for every participating.  Baby steps  are good, but only if you plan to move on toward your end-game. So together we can set a time frame (milestones) and depend upon the Lord to work towards our goals. You may never reach 35 people with headphones, not because the Lord is closing the door, but simply because you are handicapping the ministry. Usually everything begins small so don’t be afraid of that.  Pastor Alberto Malisani Answer for question #1 and #2 - English 10 Page 10 of 12 pages B) Congregational worship breakthroughs: At the congregational worship time, we may include songs in different languages like English and Spanish for example (the same song, in different languages). For example: I have personally been immigrant for many years (more than 20 years at missionary field) and I could easily worship God in many languages, whatever so many years I cant resist the deeply desire worship Him in my first language (Spanish). For me, Gods is bilingual. He speaks Spanish! !  Today you can find so many songs translated from English into other languages, then no need to invest time and effort on it. Also, perhaps a worship solo-song in a foreign language could help (maybe for the collect)… C) Fellowship breakthroughs:  International potluck after the service. Ask for voluntaries from membership to bring food and dishes from different countries for to share with newcomers after the service. Use the “meals time”  for to pick up newcomers contact information and straight after make a “serious follow up process” . I emphasize that these is an activity should coordinated from “locals”  for to reach and celebrate the “immigrants” . Those 3 changes (A+B+C) could have many variations and variety depending on your creativity, but could generate a triple interest: First:  a congregational interest for to see and appreciate immigrants on church. Second:  Enhance, engage and commit church members related to immigrants (those who are immigrants, those who have relatives or those who are connect to a immigrants network) Third:  Be able to open church doors for international worship experiences and identify our church as a multicultural faith community for the city. The A+B+C activities are exclusively oriented for reach only two target groups: 1) Local people in local church and, 2) Local foreigners in church. So, I am not including any ideas about how to reach immigrants from our town or other kind of activities that already had amazing result here in Europe. Multicultural appreciation day made it “for our city” also could be a great tool for connect with government or to contribute a positive change to the society mentality.  Pastor Alberto Malisani Answer for question #1 and #2 - English 9 Page 9 of 12 pages - Making visible the invisible:  Have solidarity with those who suffer discrimination, injustice and “invisibility”.  When church makes visible people/situations  that before was invisible , a change  began in the immigrant’s heart. People are important! The cultural myopic scales need to be shed for a new vision, that all people are important before God. Personal relationships and attitudes need to be examined; and where these are not in tune with God, they should be changed. For to find a real integration process the innovative thinking (think out of the box) will be the rule having an open heart and flexibility about church praxis. Recall the question #2: How would you integrate multiple cultures within a church fellowship? Finally, I will answer your questions at three topics: 1) Level 1:  Building a mindset of a congregational multicultural appreciation. 2) Level 2:  Starting a Hispanic Ministry 3) Level 3:  Looking for the next generation 1) Level 1:  Building a mindset/heart of a congregational multicultural appreciation. - Celebrate the cultural diversity! (A+B+C) Insert activities orientated to celebrate a multicultural worship service. Perhaps once per month. You don’t need change the established church service program. Only include some international and multicultural aspects inside at the normal Sunday service. I suggest for including 3 multicultural aspects at your Sunday’s services (A+B+C) For example: A) International spiritual breakthrough:  At Sunday service once per month choice one country and provide vital information about this land (spiritual info, cultural info and much more). Perhaps also video-containing information will be a helpful tool. (a creative thinking will be appreciated on this topic) Dedicate also an “intercessory prayer time” where the whole congregation pray proclaiming  blessing over that country (where is possible, include a vernacular language prayer also)… later you can raise a collect to be used in a missionary project at that country or to a social aid project in your own town. Most immigrants are still culturally, emotionally and spiritually connected with their countries. So, when a stranger (like you for ex.) pray and bless their homeland create a deep impact on their hearts and souls. The breakthroughs occur at locals and foreigners at the same time, creating concern for locals and shakes heart for immigrants.
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