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Preaching with Cultural Intelligence

Matthew Kim outlines a template for understanding the diverse people who hear our sermons

Influence Magazine on January 29, 2018

America is becoming an increasingly diverse nation, and so are American churches. How should pastors and other church leaders preach and minister in this new cultural context? That’s the question Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood explores with Matthew D. Kim in this episode of the Influence Podcast.

Dr. Kim is associate professor of preaching and ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and author of the book, Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: Understanding the People Who Hear our Sermons (Baker Academic). Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Episode 125 Notes

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:40 Sponsor ad
  • 01:20 Conversation begins
  • 01:58 Cultural intelligence defined
  • 04:03 The need for culturally intelligent preaching/ministry
  • 05:17 Racial and ethnic diversity
  • 10:29 Other forms of diversity: denomination, gender, location, religion
  • 19:07 The homiletical template
  • 21:55 Follow your HABIT
  • 25:02 Build the BRIDGE
  • 27:59 Speak their DIALECT
  • 29:02 The homiletical template as instinct, not methodology
  • 30:50 Cultural intelligence as growth in empathy
  • 32:44 Conclusion
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