The LCANZ’s Cross-Cultural Ministry Department has launched a new handbook entitled ‘Orientation to Cross-Cultural Ministry’.

Available to download free through the department webpage Resources section at, this 16-page handbook focuses on how the LCANZ is engaging recent new arrivals from non-European cultures.

It is designed to equip and encourage congregations, groups and individuals who have a heart for mission to newcomers to our communities, to be able to get to know, love and share the ultimate ministry ‘resource’ – the gospel – with strangers.

As well as setting out the LCANZ’s approach to cross-cultural ministry and mission, the guide provides a biblical context for multi-ethnic ministry, addresses forming cross-cultural relationships, explains the role of bridge people and the concepts of cultural intelligence and acculturation, and offers insights into the world of a newcomer.

LCANZ Cross-Cultural Ministry Facilitator Craig Heidenreich says in his conclusion to the booklet that the gospel itself ‘reminds us that in Christ, and only in him, do we have a unity that transcends all cultural difference’.

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