2019-2020 University Catalog

The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins

Founded in 2000, The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins is dedicated to building relational bridges through Jesus in contemporary culture (www.new-wineskins.org/).


New Wine, New Wineskins exists to mobilize local churches and other Christian organizations to share effectively the good news of the Triune God’s just love and peace, foster meaningful dialogue with diverse communities, and identify and serve marginalized populations against the backdrop of increasing cultural divisions. New Wine provides consultation and training in such difficult areas as race and class, sexuality and gender, faith and science, and religious pluralism. The goal of New Wine’s work is to raise up generations of Jesus’ followers who transform conflicts and maximize grace and truth for human flourishing in our world today.

Our Mission

To transform the church’s internal and external conflicts with the surrounding culture into opportunities for unity through the Triune God’s grace and truth.

Our Vision

Jesus’ followers will be known for their healing impact in matters of cultural conflict and their support of marginalized people. 

Our Core Values

1. Love – Reflecting the posture of the Triune God in engaging culture, revealed in Jesus through the Spirit.
2. Truth – Articulating a biblical understanding of God, humanity, and creation. 
3. Civility – Approaching areas of conflict with tenacious grace and an inquisitive posture. 
4. Common Good – Pursuing diverse partnerships in areas of conflict with others from across the cultural spectrum for human flourishing.
5. Advocacy – Following God’s command to care for all manner of marginalized people groups.

New Wine hosts conferences and forums, publishes a bi-annual journal Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture (www.culturalencountersjournal.com/), and oversees a mentorship program.


In addition to the many extra-curricular events and our mentorship program that helps communicate New Wine’s mission, vision, and values, in partnership with Multnomah University and Seminary, we offer several courses and degrees that integrate our core values and areas of cultural engagement with strong interdisciplinary training. They include the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) and Cross-Cultural Engagement track either in the Master of Arts in Applied Theology (MAAT) or Doctorate of Ministry (DMIN). 

New Wine helps equip Jesus’ followers with the skills needed to understand and critically assess how to navigate complex ideas and relationships in quickly changing cultural environments in a biblical manner. We are honored that many of the students who have worked with New Wine and are now graduates, are working as pastors, chaplains, teachers, academics and authors, in the fields of justice, social, and advocacy work, areas of business, and many other domains. In this way they are connecting New Wine’s emphasis on building relational bridges through Jesus to all intersections of life in Portland and beyond.


For more information on New Wine, New Wineskins, please contact Dr. Paul Louis Metzger (Director) and Dr. Brad Harper (Associate Director).