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Identifying and Reaching Ethnic Groups in the City. Anthony Casey The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The World at Our Door. Over 1 million granted legal immigration status 100,000 given refugee or asylum status 162,000,000 granted non-immigrant admission to the United States.

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Identifying and Reaching Ethnic Groups in the City

Anthony Casey

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


The World at Our Door

  • Over 1 million granted legal immigration status

  • 100,000 given refugee or asylum status

  • 162,000,000 granted non-immigrant admission to the United States


Where are they?!

  • Part 1 – Identifying ethnic groups in the city

    • National, state, and local level research

  • Part 2 – Reaching ethnic groups in the city

    • Motivation for immigration

    • Multi or mono ethnic church planting

    • The role of orality

    • Training and partnering with churches


National Immigration Reports

  • Department of Homeland Security produces a report each year

  • Details

    • Country of residence, birth, current state of residence, gender, age, marital status, occupation, ect.

    • Helpful for missiologists


State Immigration Reports

  • Refugee database by state, includes contact information and phone number

  • State government offices


Local Immigration Reports

  • Internet and phone book search for Catholic Charities, ESL centers, refugee agencies

  • City government web pages

  • North American Mission Board people groups page

  • www.peoplegroups.info

    • Breakdown by state or province

    • Listing of all people groups, languages, religion, population, zip codes, daily life, barriers, prayer guides, and current evangelism efforts


Individual Fieldwork

  • Ethnographic research a process and an outcome

  • Allows relationships to be built

  • End result is a training and mobilization tool


Where to Look

  • Apartment complexes

  • International festivals

  • Ethnic grocery store

  • College or university

  • Make use of personal interviews


Reaching Ethnic Groups in the City

  • What are immigrants looking for?

  • Conversational English clubs

  • Resume and interview workshops


Multi or Mono Ethnic Churches?

  • Neighborhood diversity seems to favor multi ethnic church plants

  • Settle biblical convictions first so you can develop a strategy

  • Ethnic or current cultural affinity?

  • Multi ethnic breakdown


Orality Issues

  • 60-70% of the world prefers an oral style of learning and communicating

  • Most immigrants and refugees come from an oral background

  • The question is, what language do I story in?

  • Linguistic issues

  • Worldview issues

  • Mono ethnic church planting preference but it isn’t always feasible


Training Churches and Developing Partnerships

  • No gospel bombs

  • Well meaning but ill-informed

  • Host CBS and cultural training workshops

  • Network to find out who is reaching out

  • Partnerships are necessary

    • Shared information and resources


Questions

  • How have you found ethnic groups in your city?

  • How have you handled the multi ethnic issue?

  • Are you doing CBS? If so, in what language?

  • How can we better network and partner?


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