Different Models for Multicultural Congregations and Ministries

Blog. Ryk Van Velden. Iron Shapes Iron.


This web resource provides a blog written by author Ryk Van Velden who answers the question, "What is multicultural congregation or ministry?" by describing the advantages and disadvantages of seven different models including multicultural cell churches, planting a separate church, adoption and cooperation, and parallel ministries in one multicultural congregation.



Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Open your congregation up to the acceptance of unique contributions and diversity after exploring the web resource and its seven different models.
  • Study this document with the principle leaders of your faith community before your congregation gets too far into its planning for multicultural congregational life.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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