The Gospel Crossing Cultures

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All ministry today is crosscultural, whether in local neighborhoods or around the world, note organizers of Calvin Theological Seminary’s special emphasis on missions in the coming academic year.

The seminary will focus on missions through a new “Gospel Crossing Cultures” series, a missionary-in-residence program, and special courses and conferences on global Christianity, world religions, and church planting.

This fall the seminary and several ministries of the Christian Reformed Church will host a series of presentations and discussions about the mission of the church in the second decade of the 21st century.

“The Gospel Crossing Cultures: Equipping the Church for Outreach” series will explore how practices of Christian discipleship—such as worship, preaching, and integrated word-and-deed ministries—can communicate the gospel effectively. Co-sponsors include Christian Reformed Home Missions, Christian Reformed World Missions, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Back to God Ministries International, and the Nagel Institute for World Christianity at Calvin College.

Continuing education events will include a conference on Christianity and Islam with Australian Mark Durie and Iranian-born Daniel Shayesta on Oct. 1- 2, and a conference on “Islam Beyond the Headlines” on Oct. 7.

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About the Author

Rev. Kathy Smith is senior associate director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, adjunct professor of church polity at Calvin Theological Seminary, and adjunct professor of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin University. She is a member of First CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.