PIM Seminar Focused on Strengthening Mission Leaders

Date Posted: 1/12/2011

Partners in Mission is offering a seminar to help you become a better leader in Missions for your church. The event will be held February 12, 2011.


United Methodist volunteers have become one of the greatest resources for Christian outreach in today’s world. Tens of thousands of volunteers reach out in ministry to neighbors near and far. 


“Participating in missions is a life changing experience for the individuals of our churches.  To be better at missions is our goal and inviting Dr. Hunt to help us understand cross cultural interchange will make all of us better missioners for the church,” says Kathie Mann, Director of the Texas Conference Partners In Mission ministry.


Following God’s call, mission volunteers place themselves in settings that are physically, socially, spiritually, and culturally challenging.  At Perkins School of Theology, the Global Theological Education Program is committed to helping UM volunteers to meet the challenge of ministry in different cultural contexts. 


 Cultural intelligence can be an important asset in cross-cultural missions.   Volunteers who are self aware, cognizant of cultural differences, motivated to cross cultural boundaries and sensitive to differences in cultural behavior are the most effective servants of God in mission. 


Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education at Perkins School of Theology will facilitate four workshops. 


Dr. Hunt was a United Methodist missionary from 1984 - 2004 in Malaysia, Singapore, and Austria.  A specialist in interreligious and intercultural relations, he has written numerous articles and books on Christian history, mission, and relations with non-Christian religions.  His most recent work is The Gospel Among the Nations: A Documentary history of Inculturation.


Participants will learn key aspects of cultural intelligence while attending the workshops. Registration includes workshop materials lunch and all four workshops.   The cost is $15 per person.  For groups of four or more from a church, it is $10 per person.


Take advantage of this opportunity to become a better leader in Missions for your church. For more information or to register, contact Jan Bierwirth at jbeirwirth@methodists.net or Kathie Mann at texaspim@methodists.net, or 713-521-9383.


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