5th Annual Institute for Multicultural Ministry

January 24, 2013 - January 26, 2013
PrincetonNJ 08540-6824


Many Come to Pray:  Ethnic, Religious, Social & Cultural Diversity in Ministry

January 24-26, 2013
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Princeton Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would famously quip in his sermons that “Eleven o’clock Sunday morning is the most segregated hour.” It still is. But it doesn’t have to be. The Institute of Multicultural Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary provides clergy and lay leaders with a practical framework for doing multicultural ministry. Participants will hear about and learn best practices of theological, ethical, social and pastoral frameworks for engaging multicultural ministry as Christian leaders and clergy, particularly in building dialogue and community in the areas of:

  • Cross racial/ethnic relations
  • Religiosity/Spirituality
  • Cultural awareness and diversity


Institute Leaders

Dr. Darrell L. Guder
Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology
Culture, Theology and the Church

Dr. Guder is a theologian and missiologist who writes on the missional church in a multicultural world.

Jin S. Kim

The Rev. Dr. Jin Kim
Pastor, Church of All Nations
Introduction to Multicultural Ministry

Dr. Kim is the founding pastor of Church of All Nations which was founded in 2004 as a small Korean Immigrant Church. It has truly lived into its name with a current membership of 250, including 32% Asian, 37% white, 20% black, and 10% Latino, and over 20 nations represented.

Jorge Lockward
Director of Global Praise, United Methodist Church
Culture, Music, and Worship

Mr. Lockward has a passion for the ways congregational song and worship reflects and shapes the theology and praxis of the assembled community.

The Rev. Dr. Loida Martell-Otero
Professor of Constructive Theology, Palmer Theological Seminary
Ethnicity, Religion, and Spirituality

Dr. Martell-Otero’s most recent scholarly research has bee in relation native cultural heritage of Caribbean original peoples to the forms in which spirituality is manifested in Christian communities.

Institute Preacher

The Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle
Pastor, Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church


Rev. Brooks-Lytle’s church says of its ministry, “We strive to be Missional in our understanding that God calls upon each of us to be ready to serve anywhere and anytime.” 

Bible Study Leader

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The Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos
Program Director
Princeton Theological Seminary

Dr. Tañón-Santos seeks to provide opportunities for the formation and renewal of church leadership in ways that reflect the challenges faced by the church today and providing for the contextualizing of tools that make theology and praxis relevant and challenging to local communities of faith.

Reference Librarian

Kate Skrebutenas
Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries


Ms. Skrebutenas is always glad to hep PTS libraries’ patrons navigate the abundance of resources for Christian thought and ministry available in our stacks.


Program Agenda

Thursday, January 24

All Day- 1:00 p.m. Registration – Cooper Conference Center (Breakfast/Lunch tickets can be purchased for an additional fee)
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Conversation with The Rev. Raafat Girgis, Associate for Multicultural Support, Presbyterian Church, USA
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Greeting and Opening Words 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Opening Plenary – The Challenge of Multicultural Ministry
 – Jin Kim
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Research/Library Workshop 
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop Tracks (choose one):
(1) Multicultural Ministry – An Intro 

Living Into the Kin-dom; Loving Your Congregation Into Multicultural Worship
5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Opening Worship
8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Reception


Friday, January 25

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Bible Study – (optional) 
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary – Spirituality, Culture, and Ministry
– Loida Martell-Otero
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Workshop Tracks 2 of 3
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Research
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:50 – 3:50 p.m. Plenary – That the Lord God Might Dwell Among Them: Culture as Gift and Limitation
-Jorge Lockward
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Workshop Tracks 3 of 3
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner


Saturday, January 26

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
7:45- 8:30 a.m. Bible Study – (optional)
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Closing Plenary – Culture, Theology, and the Church
-Darrell Guder

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel/Group Discussion
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks



  • Registration fee: $215
  • Includes: program, materials, meals, and refreshments. Lodging is available beginning at $55/night

Groups of 5 or more, receive a 30% discount ($150 per person) and must register by filling out the pdf form and making payment by check.


To register now, please click here.  Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering.


The PCUSA’s Office of Multicultural Congregational Support is offering a limited number of scholarships for this event to Presbyterian attendees. Please click here for the registration form.

The Synod of the Northeast is making the Mary Wallingord Grant available for Presbyterians within the bounds of the Synod of the Northeast to participate in the 5th Institute for Multicultural Ministry at the School of Christian Vocation & Mission at Princeton Seminary. For scholarship information, go to http://synodne.org/resources, or email nlomberk@synodne.org

Contact Info

School of Christian Vocation & Mission
20 Library Place
Princeton NJ 08540-6824

Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at scvm@ptsem.edu.

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