Author(s): Andrew Philip Schachtel
"No one could doubt that Australia is now a very multi-ethnic country. Several million people from around 200 overseas countries have made Australia home, but they often have very little contact with Christians, and minimal understanding of the gospel. This book is about helping Christians and churches to understand the WHY, WHAT, HOW and WHEN of vibrant cross-cultural ministries, and to get involved.
Changing Lanes, Crossing Cultures is a very practical guide to cross-cultural ministry. Its three authors, Andrew Schachtel, Choon-Hwa Lim and Mike Wilson are all cross-cultural practitioners in Australia, with many years of experience between them.
Why “Changing Lanes”? There’s an urgent need for Christians and churches in Australia to learn appropriate and effective new skills, and to change approaches and directions in how we do ministry. This book will help them to undertake the crucial, challenging but very rewarding process of changing lanes in an increasingly multicultural environment.
Changing Lanes, Crossing Cultures includes an examination of the biblical motivation for cross-cultural ministry, steps to overcome obstacles, practical information on how to get involved and many helpful anecdotes and case studies. Each section contains thought-provoking questions for reflection and discussion. It’s written so that any person can pick it up and read it, or small-groups can study it over six sessions."
"I think this is the best resource out there to help pastors and churches reach this multi-ethnic city. It's based firmly in Scripture, theologically sharp. It also demonstrates not just breadth of research but depth in analysis, which serves to confront us with the challenges before us. It is clear, thorough and extremely practical. Every pastor and church would do well to work through this." Peter Lin, Anglican Bishop of Georges River Region
'a great resource for both raising awareness of the need for multi-cultural ministry and for equipping workers, both professional and lay. A "why" and "how" manual useful for both individuals and church groups'. Trish Bell, ESL ministries co-ordinator.
“An intensely practical handbook that will help you and your church reach out to people from ethnic minorities in your neighbourhood with the gospel. You will find here solid biblical foundations, illuminating case studies, a range of solutions to key hindrances, and practical steps for action.” Richard Hibbert, Director of the School of Cross-Cultural Mission, Sydney Missionary and Bible College.
"Becoming a church that is intentional about and effective in reaching a multicultural neighbourhood is a great but worthy challenge. As a pastor trying to do that for my church, I found this book very helpful. It will help you discern the issues of why you should or shouldn’t do it and provides you and your leaders with guidance on how to begin this journey with the church and navigate them through the challenges that come with it. I highly recommend this book to you if you are considering taking your church down this path." Winston Mah, Minister of Merrylands Presbyterian Church, Sydney.
“Changing Lanes is a book for Australian churches who have a concern for their multi-cultural neighbours, but aren’t sure what to do about it. The authors provide both biblical grounding and pragmatic instruction for building churches that better reflect the multi-cultural nature of our country, and the marvellous ‘every tribe, language, nation and people group’ nature of our heavenly home.” Simon Gillham, Head of Department of Missions, Moore Theological College
"Accessible, Biblical, and thoughtful, Changing Lanes is written for churches trying to understand the culturally diverse cities and towns of Australia and looking for practical suggestions about how best to respond in ministry and mission. I pray that its prayerful and biblical approach to cross-cultural practice and theory will generate innovative approaches to cross-cultural ministry here in Australia.” Darrell Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Missiology, Morling College, Sydney.