How to offer pastoral counseling to couples from different cultures? 

As a pastor or pastoral worker you are sometimes at a loss for words if you fail to tune into the cultural sensitivities of your church members. Especially when it really matters, for example in a marriage crisis. Do you have enough in store to empathize with and support both marriage partners? Not just the one from your own culture? Do you feel unsure about this, or do you fear that at least one partner doesn’t have much trust in you? 

It is important to realize that intercultural couples face more challenges than an average monocultural couple. Also, more is expected of you as pastor(al worker) in such cases, for example interacting with the families involved. You can’t just step into it unprepared. That is why ICP is offering again its short training for pastors and pastoral workers in the field of intercultural marriage counseling. In our church congregations, on average 25 to 30% of all couples are of mixed cultural origin. They face more external stress factors, and the average divorce rate is higher in this group. So there is every reason to join this training! The training also addresses the specific challenges migrant couples face. Being married in the Dutch context is usually very different for them than in their own country of origin. 

Register quickly for the training! There is room for 6 participating churches per training. The trainers themselves are an intercultural couple. Claude and Corina Mushikangondo are from Congo and the Netherlands and are church workers in ICF Rotterdam. They have been together for 17 years and have counseled dozens of intercultural couples. A survey of more than 20 intercultural and migrant couples provided a lot of material for this training. They also share their own experience. Ten participants joined this training in 2020: 

Jos Slager -ICF Delft: This has helped enormously! Especially by sharing a lot of know-how and experience. Much more was offered than just answers to my learning questions. 

Nicci and Stephen Overduin – Church of the Nazarene Rotterdam (an intercultural couple themselves): we recommend this training to anyone who counsels intercultural couples! We thought we already knew everything from our own experience, but this training definitely had added value for us. 

Please indicate if you speak Dutch and/or English. The training language will depend on the registered participants. 

Training dates: 

29 November2021, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

6 December 2021, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.