Bishop Mike Royal



Stories from the cities

Revd Joe Kalpoyo

Roger Sutton

Learning Journey

This diagram visually explains the process of intercultural church and city transformation, which involves bridging cultural gaps and creating positive change in both the church and the community. It helps viewers understand the different elements involved in this transformative process, including the components and content. The diagram aims to bring clarity to the concept and provide a clear illustration of how intercultural transformation can occur. For more details about the content, book our free online one-hour taster session.

Intercultural church and city transformation promote the idea of different cultural groups coming together to worship, learn, interact, serve their community, break down barriers and find common ground while also valuing and safeguarding their cultural differences and heritages.

Why, who, how, what


Biblical Insight and Conviction

  • God’s love: The Bible teaches that God loves all people, regardless of their cultural background.
  • In a polarised world, the church is better equipped to play the role of reconciliation.
  • The Great Commission: Engaging in intercultural transformation fulfils Jesus’ command to reach all nations.
  • Unity in diversity: Believers are one body in Christ, regardless of cultural differences.
  • Social justice and compassion: The Bible calls us to seek justice and show compassion to the marginalised.
  • Revelation 7:9 envisions a future where people from diverse backgrounds come together in harmony to worship. Our calling is to make visible the invisible kingdom that is coming.


  • Ethnicities
  • Nationalities
  • Colour of skin
  • Generations
  • Gender
  • Socio-economic classes
  • Abilities
  • Denominations


  • Building Cultural Intelligence in church and ministry
  • Intercultural church and city transformation learning journey (see diagram above)


  • Love
  • Great commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And Love your neighbour as you love yourself.

Stage One

Assess and identify motivation, interest, confidence, competence and intentionality for the intercultural using self-assessment and 360-degree assessment tool.

Stage Two

Cultural awareness and fluency

  • Debriefing assessment report in a workshop
  • Building cultural intelligence in church and ministry
  • Personal Intercultural Development Plan

Stage Three

Relationship building and engaging across cultures

  • Pairing
  • Cultural exchange
  • Conversation cards
  • Meals and events across cultures

Stage Four

Leadership and Empowerment

  • Equipping and releasing ambassadors
  • Discovering your S.H.A.P.E
  • Spiritual Leadership
  • Coaching

Stage Five

  • Visibility and collaborative actions leading to spiritual, social and cultural transformation of our places.

  • Impact Assessment