Resources for Pastors in Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Appointments


Cross-racial and cross-cultural (CR/CC) appointments are appointments of clergypersons to congregations in which the majority of their constituencies are different from the clergyperson’s own racial/ethnic and cultural background.

GCORR offers resources to aid the church in its engagement with the multicultural realities of the world and the growing number of CR/CC pastoral appointments in the United States. The following resources are written by CR/CC pastors that offer tips and insight for newly appointed CR/CC pastors.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself in a New CR/CC Appointment
by Rev. Dr. Clarence Brown, St. Lukes UMC, Virginia Annual Conference

Becoming a Culturally Competent Leader through Empathy, Curiosity, and Self-Awareness
by Rev. Steve Y. Kim, The United Methodist Church of Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor NY Conference

Tips for a Joyful CR/CC Ministry
by Rev. Young Mee Park, District Superintendent of Dekalb District, Northern Illinois Conference

Preaching in Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Ministry
by Rev. Moonyoung Lee, Calpac Annual Conference

Additional worship resource:

Great Thanksgiving – Communion Liturgy Celebrating Cultural Diversity
by Rev. Mike Johnson, Baltimore-Washington Conference


GCORR is building the capacity of The United Methodist Church to be contextually relevant and to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.