Cultural Language Groups
In 2010 Canada welcomed over two hundred thousand people from various parts of the world. Canada is and is becoming a widely diverse mission field.
With Canada's population growing faster through immigration than childbirth, we must proactively prepare and engage with those who are newcomers to Canada.
What will it take in our diverse society to effectively communicate to newcomers that God cares about them personally? Through meaningful outreach and intentional relationships the message of the truth of Jesus Christ can bridge the gap that exists between cultures. For those who are coming to our nation to begin a new life, the church can play a transformational role in each one finding a truly new life.
We must engage in this crucial mission. As Jesus said, "go therefore and make disciples of all the nations." The nations are here. Your community is a mission field. What must you do differently to reach those who may be different from you?
Canada's cultural diversity grows ever apparent.
Visible minorities in the last census comprised 11.2% of the population (3.2 million people).
The visible minorities of Toronto and Vancouver comprised over 31% of their populations.
Over 145 languages are translated through the Toronto City office.
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada is responding to this opportunity primarily in two ways:
1. Our districts and churches have supported the rapid development of uni-lingual, uni-cultural (ethnic) churches. Close to 20% of our 1,100 churches are of cultural language groups other than English, French or Aboriginal. This has been a practical response to a missiological reality; these church leaders have aggressively led their people to reach out to others of similar language or culture, and many newcomers to Canada have found a place of worship and belonging in these churches. The Cultural Ministries Committee assists the PAOC to serve this constituency.
2. As many (if not more) members of cultural language groups are being reached and discipled in the PAOC through the ministries of "blended" multicultural churches. The vast majority of these churches are English speaking churches, which are attempting to include the diverse people groups God is bringing to Canada in their leadership groups and ministries.
In order to strengthen and multiply these initiatives, a national team of cultural language leaders is forming to help articulate what we can do better – together
Cultural Language Resources
PAOC Cultural Language Facebook Group - click to join
Church Locator Tool
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Since 2002, the PAOC has been a sponsorship agreement holder with the Federal Government of Canada. This allows the PAOC to assist local churches in sponsoring refugees from other nations.