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Cross-cultural ministry workshop

From 8 to 12 July ALC hosted an intensive training course with a difference—a workshop focusing on Lutheran theological identity from an Asian perspective, presented in Mandarin. The program led by Rev Dr William Chang (former Asian Secretary for the Lutheran World Federation and current LCA pastor serving in Auckland, NZ) and supported by ALC lecturers Dr Stephen Haar and Dr Stephen Pietsch, enabled participants to explore topics such as the theology of the cross, the distinction between law and gospel, and sacramental theology.

The aims of the program were:

  • to improve understanding and appreciation of Reformation history that facilitates contextual understanding of Lutheran theology and Lutheran theological identity;
  • to facilitate interaction between Chinese cultural thinking/Asian theological thinking and Lutheran theology to sharpen Lutheran theological identity; and
  • to articulate and express Lutheran theology in local congregational context.

Those attending the intensive included participants from interstate and overseas.

In order to make this training more widely accessible in future, ALC, in cooperation with the LCA’s Committee for Cross-Cultural Ministry, is looking at options to enable pastors, teachers and lay workers to understand the importance of ministering inter-culturally through guided study and resourcing.