See also: BLESSING THE NATIONS AMONG US – Strategic steps & resources to help you and your church prepare for and reach out to expatriot peoples living in your city.
Ethnic Harvest exists to: share the good news about Jesus Christ with all people, help you find gospel resources in foreign languages, encourage churches in the USA to reach out in friendship to their ethnic neighbors, and share the faith stories of followers of Jesus from around the world. To cut to the chase go to Ethnic Harvest’s Site Map – it’s loaded with resources and helps.
ETHNIC AMERICA NETWORK
A coalition of ministries encouraging local churches to share Christ’s love with the growing ethnic diversity in our communities.
A ministry of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Church, providing web tools to gather ethnolinguistic information on your state, country and zip code.
THE PEOPLES CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP – REACHING THE NATIONS AMONG US
A bridge-building effort aimed at connecting American Christians with their neighbors from other countries.In the last 15 years, more than 1.5 million people have immigrated to the United States from the Middle East alone, from countries like Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, and Iran. Our objective is to build genuine relationships with these immigrants—many of whom come from the world’s least-reached nations—through the peace and love of Jesus.
ALPHA FOR ESOL
Alpha for ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) provides an easy way to discuss some of the jost asked questions of life and faith. The course is in English but made more accessible in format and vocabulary. The course consists of a meal, a talk on a topic like prayer, or healing, and time to discuss your thoughts with your fellow guests every 10-15 minutes. It’s like a stimulating dinner party with new friends.
LEARN3: WELCOME by The Traveling Team (for college students)
Remember, as a welcomer, you need to be the initiator! Reaching out to an international student will most likely take time; it could take a whole college career for one to come to Christ. You should be willing and ready to invest time and energy in this friendship. NOTE: This article is part of greater “Next Steps” series of articles.
A PILGRIM MISSIOLOGY FOR THE STRANGER IN YOUR MIDST by David F. D’Amico
The purpose of this address is to sensitize the hearers to the wonderful challenges of a new missiology that must be born in our campus. It also attempts to describe a field of study that is relatively new in missiological circles: cross cultural evangelization in the United States. This missiology must provide some type of map to the multitude of ethnic churches crowding the streets of our urban centers. This missiology must be biblical, evangelical, Baptist, and contextual. (Read more)
DEFINE CHURCH PLANTING FOCUS GROUP by Van Sanders
This article helps church planters understand what a people group is and how to develop a contextualized strategy to reach many different people groups.
WHO MOVED MY CHURCH? New Curves to Address Demographic Changes
by Oliver R. Phillips ~ Director, Mission Strategy US/Canada Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center
The truth is we live in a new world, particularly in the new USA/Canada demographic reality. Who moved our Church and who changed our community? Dr. Oliver Phillips offers us an encouraging vista of new potential for Kingdom advance in this new mission field. (See also Phillips’ E-Book under this same title)
TEXAS CHURCH REACHES THE WORLD AT ITS DOORSTEP by Mike Ebert (bpnews.net)
“Even though the Forest Meadow phenomenon is somewhat unique in North America … the ministry has “not been all that complicated. You have to do a lot of hard work. You have to do a lot of research, (and) you have to resist the temptation to go in with a generic North American method of sharing the Gospel.”
TELL BY THE SMELL: CONNECTING WITH UNREACHED PEOPLE LOCALLY by Shane Bennett
Ten Ways to Find Communities of Unreached People in Your Town (or one nearby!)
EVANGELIZING AND PRAYERWALKING TIMES SQUARE TO REACH AFRICA’S UNREACHED WOLOF by Mark Kelly
Though missionaries have worked among the Wolof in West Africa for years, only about 50 have opened their hearts to the good news of God’s love. But an estimated 30,000 Wolof imigrants live in New York City, where they are more open and accessible to the good news of God’s love. A team of Southern Baptists prayed their way through the avenues and side streets of Manhattan, asking God to create opportunities for the gospel among New York City’s Wolof population. (Read more)
BOOKS/RESOURCES ON ETHNIC GROUPS IN THE U.S. AND CANADA
This bibliography was developed by the library at the International Mission Board, and permission given to Ed Stetzer to post on his web site.
THE NEW PEOPLE NEXT DOOR (Lausanne Occasional Paper – online)
Produced by the Issue Group on this topic at the 2004 Forum hosted by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand.
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CROSSING CULTURES: MAKING FRIENDS IN A MULTI-CULTURAL WORLD, by Patty Lane
(Click here to see David Mays’ Booknotes on this book)
REACHING THE WORLD IN OUR OWN BACKYARD, by Pillai, Rajendra.
WHO MOVED MY CHURCH: NEW CURVES TO ADDRESS DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES by Oliver R. Phillips (E- Booklet on recognizing and reaching the nations that God is surrounding many of our churches with)
THE CHANGING FACE OF THE CHURCH: FROM AMERICAN TO GLOBAL, by Tom Nee
NEW ENGLAND’S BOOK OF ACTS by Emmanuel Gospel Center
New England’s Book of Acts provides an overview of the many and varied ways that God is working through the lives of his people in New England today, especially through the immigrant and ethnic church communities.
CHALLENGE OF THE ETHNIC MILLENIUM
An Ethnic Harvest produced Powerpoint presentation to download or view online.
Caleb Resources’s Crossing Cultures is an eye-opening weekend workshop that provides a cross-cultural experience in your city. The workshop teaches some basics about missions and a lot about interacting with our neighbors from other cultures. This opportunity will encourage Christians to step out of their comfort zones and into local ethnic communities where they can begin lasting relationships. Come learn how to initiate conversations, ask questions, and listen to stories as you meet immigrants in shops, markets, parks, and restaurants.