The mission of the Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry is to empower evangelical, Christian believers in North America to explore community and cultural contexts, equip indigenous and intercultural leadership, engage places, peoples and participants; and expand ministry, mission, and movement. We desire to to develop missional research, training and resources and to disseminate them effectively and globally in order to foster a grass-roots missional movement that impacts local communities in culturally-appropriate ways.
The IICM works to encourage congregations and various levels of fellowships, denominational groups, mission agencies, and para-church groups to understand their cultural context and to develop culturally-appropriate messages, methods, and missional strategies. Through scholarly research, consultations, conferences, courses, publications, and collaboration, IICM intends to become the leading center for missional strategy and intercultural issues among evangelicals in North America today.
To empower Christian believers with the resources, training, research, and networking capabilities they need to fulfill their God-given missional roles in reaching their communities for Christ in culturally appropriate ways. That's our commitment to you, your church, and the body of Christ.
Our Major Research Goals
1. To conduct appropriate research of people groups, including ethnic, lifestyle, lifestage & religious neotribal groups, and social environments (including postmodern cultures) and to publish research findings that will aid ministry leaders in developing missional strategies.
2. To research case studies of cultural, intercultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural ministries who are effective in reaching people groups, population segments, and various social environments and publish findings that will provide ministry leaders with insight and training.
3. To research the ways in which faith is transmitted from person to person by way of social networks and implications for the message, methods, and mission of the church.
4. To research issues of spirituality among ethnic people groups, population segments, and social environments.
5. To develop measurement tools and processes to assess the ministry effectiveness and organizational culture of congregations, denominational groups, mission agencies, and para-church organizations and train others to use these tools and processes.
Our Major Training Goals
1. To equip lay believers to serve as missionaries in culturally appropriate ways in their communities.
2. To equip pastors and denominational leaders to serve as missional mentors.
3. To enable church leaders to develop sound missional strategies to reach their communities for Christ.
4. To enable believers to identify their missional roles and to train them how to apply their role in various community contexts.