Intercultural Competency Training
As a part of our long-term plan to focus on Interculturally Competent Leadership, the consulting network is now the home of Intercultural Competency Leadership Training (formerly AntiRacism Training or the Diversity Empowerment Training Team). Our focus is on 1) providing awareness of how our experiences shape our approach to communicating with people from cultures other than their own and 2) equipping people with tools that will enable them to be increasingly appropriate and effective in ministering with people from cultures other than their own.
We use the Intercultural Development Inventory© (also known as the IDI) to help individuals and groups understand how their decision-making and behavior might be effected by their experiences. Our Intercultural Competency Trainers also work with individuals to define and plan personal goals for intercultural development and with groups to examine how ministries can be strengthened by appropriate and effective intercultural communication.
For Individuals: We offer one-on-one IDI debriefs which include the administration of the IDI and a one hour discussion of your results and personal goals for ongoing development.
For Groups: We offer group IDI debriefs which include the administration of the IDI and group discussion of how a particularly ministry is impacted by the group’s level of intercultural competency. Your trainer may also help define group goals for the ministry you identify.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia holds either the individual or group training to satisfy the canonical AntiRacism requirement for clergy, governing bodies, and people in process.
All trainers dispatched to Ethnic and Multicultural Congregations or who facilitate Intercultural Competency Training will have:
- Completed the College for Congregational Development
- Completed the Unit 9: Intercultural Competency of the College for Congregational Development
- Have received an Intercultural Development Inventory individual debrief session and/or are a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.
- Are a member of the Congregational Consulting Network in good standing.