About TranscendCulture

Why A Multi-Ethnic Church Resource Firm? All over the country, worshipers are hearing God's heart cry for churches that look like heaven. Through intentional outreach, churches are bringing in members of all people groups. Unfortunately, as these churches come together, there are few tools to teach them how to do life together. The upshot of that can be congregations that are salad bowls instead of stew pots. The different ingredients come together, but the individual flavors stay distinct, and true unity isn't fostered. TranscendCulture exists to help churches who are multi-ethnic or becoming multi-ethnic really blend. This is not the same as diversity training at work or school. The purpose behind everything we do is about building the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one- I in them and you in me- so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."

The Genesis

Christ envisioned the united church that would point the way for an unbelieving world. Unfortunately, our churches in America have been a far cry from this prayer. Today, believers worship in churches that are 10 times more segregated than the neighborhoods in which they sit and 20 times more segregated than the schools surrounding them. At TranscendCulture we work every day to help change that. Oneya Fennell Okuwobi founded TranscendCulture out of her experience at Peoples Church of Cincinnati, OH. Formerly a 98% Caucasian commuter church, Peoples Church has blossomed into a church reflecting the diversity of the city with a congregation that is 50% Caucasian, 25% African American and 25% International. Under the visionary leadership of Pastor Chris Beard, this over 100 year-old church is moving towards its vision of being a "Racially Reconciled, Generationally Rich, Life Giving Church, Thriving in the Heart of the City."

Writing Curriculum

In 2005, Pastor Chris Beard and his staff commissioned a team, including Oneya to build curriculum to educate the church body on cross cultural competence. Out of this collaboration, the Vision Experience was born. Three-quarters of the adults in the church successfully completed the 20 week training. Since then Oneya has worked to teach others the principles behind doing church across every division of human origin and to design curriculum for the multicultural church. Our newest endeavor is The Multi-Ethnic Christian Life Primer. Written in partnership between Oneya Fennell Okuwobi and Mark Deymaz, it is the preeminent cross cultural education resource designed for congregations. Other curriculum available include Crossonomics- a guide to cross socioeconomic relationships and Transcend, a small group curriculum designed to promote cross racial healing.

Resourcing the Multi-Ethnic church
Providing curriculum and coaching to help multi-cultural and multi-ethnic churches thrive.

Follow TranscendCulture on Twitter.