Building Cultural Awareness Tour 2019

We can’t understand others until we understand ourselves.

The face of New Zealand has rapidly changed. There is an increasing need for greater cultural awareness. This applies in the church community as well as daily life. This workshop will equip you with greater understanding of the cultural complexities we face today.


Dr Sheryl Takagi Silzer
Sheryl is a third-generation Japanese American who serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She served for many years as a Bible translator and now facilitates Cultural Self Discovery workshops.

Revised Workbooks $10

For those who have taken Building Cultural Awareness 1.0, this course builds on the basic concepts of culture, helping you to recognise how your Culture-based Judging System works in everyday life. The first session will cover our family background, nurture and discipline, and how the layout of our childhood home shapes and reinforces our culture. The second session will explore how we learned culture in various activities in our childhood home: relating and communicating, eating, working, giving/sharing resources, resting, and cleaning.

Building Cultural Awareness 2.0 Workshops

Koha welcome for each event
For more information contact Lindsay Jones: or Leslie Foster:

North Island

Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 September 7:00–9:00 pm at Northcote Baptist Church, 67 Eban Ave, Hillcrest, North Shore City, Auckland.

Thursday 3 & Friday 4 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Waimarino Baptist Church, The Centre, 14–16 Seddon Street, ​Raetihi.

Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Hokowhitu Baptist Church, 15 Ascot Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North.

South Island

Saturday 19 October 9:30 am–4:30 pm at Invercargill Central Baptist Church, 11 Deveron Street, Invercargill.

Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 October 7:00–9:00 pm at Opawa Baptist Church, 285 Wilsons Rd, Waltham, Christchurch.


Building Multicultural Teams Workshops

This workshop is designed for leadership teams of multicultural churches, and serves as a retreat opportunity for these teams to gain a greater mutual understanding to navigate their own cultural differences as a team.

People who come from different cultures are often surprised by the differences they encounter when they interact with other people, whether in the workplace, school, or church. These misunderstandings arise from different cultural views of life and affect how we communicate as well as how we handle disagreements. Our unconscious assumption is that everyone thinks like we do, but we often discover that they think in entirely different ways. When our resulting actions do not reflect our Christian beliefs, we realise that we need to first examine our cultural beliefs.

This is a follow-up of Building Cultural Awareness 2.0

Koha welcome for each event

Thursday 24 October 7:00–9:00 pm at South West Baptist Church, 244 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon, Christchurch.
RSVP to Claire Russell:


Serving Together as a Faith Family Workshop

This workshop is crafted for those churches with multiple congregations or churches meeting at the same location. When there are multiple ethnic congregations sharing the same facilities, cultural differences often arise unconsciously. In order to minimise the conflicts that can easily arise due to different cultural beliefs, this workshop seeks to help the various congregations to understand the cultural assumptions of the other congregations. Some differences for discussion include scheduling of church activities, use of the kitchen, and how children behave. Discovering cultural reasons for different ways of doing things can help everyone consider how best to demonstrate our Christian faith while serving together.

Saturday 28 September 9:30 am–3:30 pm at Auckland Baptist Tabernacle, 429 Queen Street
Auckland CBD.
Please RSVP to Leslie Foster:

Wycliffe Bible Translators NZ in partnership with Baptist Multicultural Inclusion Ministries.
For more information, contact Steve Davis or Lindsay Jones


John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word

Verse for today

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.