CultureConnect - A ministry of Interserve Australia
Bridging the gap from the church to ethnic minorities in Australia.
We have great opportunities for cross-cultural ministry in Australia!
Australia is one of the most multi-cultural nations in the world. By
the year 2025, 50% of Sydney’s population may be from non-English
speaking backgrounds and Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide will not be
Big changes are taking place
in Australian demographics simply because
our land is becoming home to hundreds of thousands of newly arrived
people. Some are migrants
, some are refugees
, while others simply
decide to stay in Australia after they have completed their studies. A
gap has opened up
in Australia between the traditional church which had
been comprised of mainly white Anglo-Saxons, and these new migrants.
Many of the people who have moved to Australia have had very little
contact with Christians
and few opportunities to hear or read the good
news of Jesus
. Many within the Australian church
have sensed the
implications of this trend and so begun ministries
to close the gap.
They are reaching out
through identifying the needs of these new
migrants, serving them
, and presenting them with the good news
study commissioned by Interserve Australia in 2007 found that plenty is
around the country, but often on a small scale
denominations feel they are simply not keeping up
with the needs, while
most para-church organisations have very limited work amongst ethnic
here in Australia. There is also a need for more funding
aimed at this growing need, along with more organisations which can
Against this background, Interserve Australia
now actively involved
in Christian ministry amongst people of
backgrounds. Interserve is engaged in similar
ministries in the UK and the US, and such ministry is a part of our
international strategic focus.
This ministry is called
and its goal
is to help the Australian church engage
in cross-cultural ministry within local communities
We’re doing this through:Envisioning
: helping Australian Christians to see how they can reach out to people of other faithsNetworking
: focusing on cooperation and consultation so that like-minded groups and individuals can work together
: individuals and groups from the “traditional church” in a range of cross-cultural skillsResourcing
sourcing existing materials and commissioning new resources to assist
cross-cultural workers, as well as keeping a database of useful
resourcesRecruitment and deployment
recruiting and deploying people to work cross-culturally in various
organisations and projects as we build our capacity.
Our vision is to see: “Lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ.”
What about you?
Please support this great opportunity for ministry here in Australia.
You can:Pray for this ministry
: monthly prayer notes are available. Email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.orgFinance this ministry
: contribute to the support of our workers and to getting this ministry off the ground. Contact Ross Wilkersen. Email email@example.comNetwork with us
we’d love to hear from you if can inform us about groups working
amongst ethnic minorities or if you have other valuable information
that will help us plan and strategise. Join us
: as street-level workers or administratively as we set-up this ministry.
Already working cross-culturally in Australia?
If you're already working cross-culturally here in Australia, why don't you become a user of our website designed to link workers like you, at www.cultureconnect.net.au
? On the website, you can
- look at who else is working cross-culturally, and contact them. You
- can search for your own particular kind of people focus group, as well
- find Resources that might be useful in your work, or post up
- resources that will be useful for other workers
- search for upcoming Events, or enter an Event of your own
- take part in a Forum, or begin one of your own
For more information contact:
Telephone: 02 4227 4978
Mobile: 0433 827 431 (Virgin Network)
PO Box 5167
Wollongong NSW 2520