Cities are known for their cultures and for their role of influence in societies. Also, there are other forces, which are constantly shaping the city and its cultures. But today, it is crucial for us to understand the city, the communities within the city and their cultures in order to collaborate in ministry and serve the different groups who live, work and visit the city.
I believe the basic elements of culture are languages, artifacts, practices, values, institutions and stories.
We all contribute towards the creation of culture, and culture re-creates the city and its inhabitants. This is why it is important to understand how the different elements of culture work. God has given us both creativity and imagination to shape the elements of culture; and the church has not been using the creativity and imagination to shape the culture through practices and habits as it was done in the early church.
For more information or questions about understanding culture, please feel free to contact Josue Valerio, director of Missions Mobilization. Josue is passionate about helping churches understand and influence their specific cultural contexts.