Priority: Cultural Ministries

Vision: To Strengthen the Cultural Churches and Leadership in Canada and See New Expressions of Worship and Discipleship Established

20.0% of Canada's population report speaking a language other than English or French at home. For roughly 6.4 million people, the other language was an immigrant language.

Charles Hermelink serves as the Coordinator for Mission Canada’s Cultural Language Group, the very diverse international aspect of PAOC ministries within Canada. We are a country of immigrants, and becoming ever more so as we continue to grow. While Toronto has long been called the most multicultural city in the world, that characteristic is increasingly true for many of Canada's metropolitan areas. Mission Canada’s Cultural Language Group brings together leadership from the various PAOC Districts as they collaborate and resource one another, working together to see a strengthening and synergy amongst leaders and congregations of all ethno linguistic backgrounds. We also help new and recent immigrants desiring to start churches with the practical realities and legal requirements they need to minister in Canada. As we look toward the future, we must also consider how we can facilitate even more new ethno linguistic groups seeking covering and partnership in our Fellowship, or those desiring to plant a new work to reach a cultural language group in Canada. Do you lead a cultural language group? Are you seeking covering and guidance? Do you have a cultural language group in your area, and feel the Spirit compelling you to reach them? We're here to help you.

RESOURCE RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Becoming an Intentionally Multicultural Church - A leadership manual
  2. Internationals Who Live Among Us: Doing World Missions at Home by Neil Pirolo
  3. Canada’s New Harvest: Helping Churches Touch Newcomers. Brian Seim
  4. Muslims Next Door: Uncovering Myths and Creating Friendships by Shirin Taber
  5. Prayer Walking: Praying On Site with Insight by Hawthorne & Kendrick

Charles Hermelink

Cultural Language Coordinator

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