Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers


Fall Conference: Building Intercultural Competency in Schools

Friday, October 14, 2016; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
LMU St. Robert's Hall Auditorium
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

For some years now, parishes and dioceses across the country have been using Building Intercultural Competency for Ministers (BICM), a ministry training program developed by the Cultural Diversity Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our local team now offers Building Intercultural Competency for Schools (BICS), a daylong workshop where we provide 1) a Catholic theological foundation for working across cultures, 2) tools for improving intercultural communication, 3) tools for analyzing and dealing constructively with difficult power dynamics, and 4) strategies for resolving practical dilemmas and school-based moments of culture clash. Click here for more information.

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers is an interactive, theologically grounded, and prayerful ministry certification process developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)and sponsored by the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality. 

The Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) professional certificate program offers local pastoral leaders a foundation of knowledge and skills for working across cultures in ministry. It will explore theological foundations for intercultural ministry, the notion of culture itself, intercultural communication, racism and other obstacles to harmonious work across culture.  It has as its goal, the successful development of parish ministries that both support cultural groups in their own languages and cultural styles of ministry, and offer means for negotiating the respectful and just sharing of the parish and its resources.

Who Should Participate?

This is designed primarily for lay pastoral leaders, religious sisters, and priests who already work in situations of cultural diversity in Southern California.

Program Benefits

BICM will provide practical skills and essential knowledge to pastoral leaders who desire a more mutual and just relationship between persons of different cultural communities in the Church.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theological foundations of ministry across cultures—communion, catholicity, and mission
  • Demonstrate knowledge of what culture is
  • Demonstrate good intercultural communication and to diagnose potential problems
  • Articulate the potential obstacles to intercultural ministry and how they might be addressed
  • Articulate what a successful multicultural parish or church looks like and what skills, virtues, and steps might aid parishioners and leaders in getting there

General Information

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or, or contact the program facilitators directly (listed below under 'Faculty').

  • Registration + Fees

    This program is not currently offered.

  • Schedule

    This program is not currently offered.

    LMU Westchester Campus
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • Faculty
    • Brett C. Hoover, Ph.D., Facilitator
    • Juanatano Cano
    • Olivia Cornejo
    • Michael Gutierrez
    • Maria Lai, C.S.J.
    • David Lara
    • Fe Musgrave
    • Marcos Ramirez, M.B.A.
    • Anderson Shaw
  • Course Requirements

    Students must complete a total of 3.0 semester hours in coursework with a letter grade of 'B-' or higher in each course to receive a certificate of completion. Please refer to the course catalog for required text, class meeting location, and other general information.

    Coursework: ICMX 900

  • Course Descriptions

    ICMX 900
    Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers

    3.0 Semester Hours