"The mission of the Intercultural (ESL) Ministry at Cedar Grove Church is to create an environment among believers to encourage them intentionally reach out to and welcome people of all ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, especially those whose mother tongue is not English, through friendship, language, spiritual and cultural programs."
To do this, this ministry will help newcomers to Canada to communicate in English, from the pre-beginner (CLB-0) to the high intermediate (CLB-7) level, building relationships with other believers and experience personal and spiritual growth through Prayer, ESL Small Groups, and Alpha ESOL classes in the prayerful hope that they will be actively joining the community of believers. Further, this ministry plans to provide opportunities for newcomers to improve their personal and interpersonal skills to overcome intercultural conflicts, improve their employment opportunities, and encourage them to volunteer in support of Cedar Grove Church events and programs.
Why an Intercultural Ministry?
Our Intercultural Ministry promotes everyday interaction defined by mutuality, respect, equality, understanding, acceptance, diversity, peace-making, and Christian celebration in support of Scripture, which makes it clear that an Intercultural Ministry is God's idea.
- Leviticus 19:33-34: "When a foreigner lives in your land, do not take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am God, your God."
- Mark 11:17: "Jesus reminded the world that God sought faith from every nation. His house was to be a house of prayer for all nations."
- Matthews 28:16-20: "Jesus made it clear by instructing His disciples, to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He (sic) commanded them."
- John 4:1-26: "Jesus intentionally crossed ethnic and gender barriers when He talked with the Samaritan woman at the well."
- Mathews 22:37-39: "He instructed all of us to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself."
- Revelation 7:9: "The culmination of God's plan for all nations is envisioned by the Apostle John in "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb."
We ask that you pray about this and discuss with others the need to reach out to and embrace all who need salvation and the promise of eternal life. Look around you and invite your neighbor to have a meal with you. Tell those who cannot read this message that they are welcome at Cedar Grove Church.